Sudden shower over East gate footbridge, Shibuya


People crossing the footbridge in Shibuya start walking quickly and opening plastic umbrellas to protect from the rain. The cranes in the background of the image mark the time of the urban redesign of the Shibuya district.


This print is one of the two works that Post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh replicated. Van Gogh greatly admired Japanese woodcuts for their bright colours and distinctive compositions. By studying and mimicking the unusual pairings of color in Hiroshige’s woodblock prints, van Gogh found a new way to elicit strong emotions in the viewer.