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A Japanese woman in kimono runs across an outdoor platform holding an umbrella against heavy rain.

The young woman runs toward the right, bent down with her head under the umbrella, held with both hands, her kimono sleeves flying behind her creating a swooping movement. The kimono, tied in the back, flows around her running legs. Her face is fair and delicate, her black hair is combed back and tied up into a bun. The rain is depicted with heavy diagonal strokes of black ink pouring from a dark cloud in the upper right, with two angular lightning bolts flashing from the sky.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木春信, Japanese (1725-1770)
Woman Running to Escape a Sudden Shower
Work Type
c. 1765–70
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Area, Tōkyō
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions

Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
chūban: H. 27.1 × W. 20.6 cm (10 11/16 × 8 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: (printed) Harunobu ga

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John T. Spaulding, William S. Spaulding, Felix M. Warburg, A. Kingsley Porter and Paul J. Sachs
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Narazaki Muneshige, Ukiyo-e shuka [Collection of the Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Prints in Museums] Volume 8: Foggu Bijutsukan [Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University], Neruson Bijutsukan [Nelson Atkins Museum]..., Shogaku-kan (Tokyo, Japan, 1980 [Showa 55]), Color Plate 004; pp. 16-17
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 59, p. 58
  • Sugiura Hinako, Oedo furyu sanpo michi [Walking Path in the Edo Style] (Tokyo, 2005), p. 162/Fig. 2

Exhibition History

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