Shôtei: Evening rainShôtei: Evening rain
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After Takahashi Shôtei (1920/30s)

A violent nocturnal thunderstorm in the countryside, with lightning and rain. Women are holding their umbrellas, a man is trying to catch his flying hat.

Title: Kôume no yûdachi (Sudden evening rain at Kôume)

Seal: Hôtei

Publisher: unknown

Date: C. 1920/30s

Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiri-ban), 39 x 17,2 cm (overall size)

Excellent impression and colours. Some faint creasing, visible from back side. Overall very good condition.

With some changes, this image corresponds to Takahashi Shôtei’s „Thunderstorm at Tateishi“ ( M-24). It was a quite common practice of the time to copy or paraphrase successful images, adding some other artist’s name, like the apocryphal “Hotei” seal here. Interestingly too, also a new title is given.