Paris, October - November 1887 Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)
oil on canvas,
73.3 cm x 53.8 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh greatly admired Japanese woodcuts for their bright colours and distinctive compositions. He based this painting of a bridge in the rain on a print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige. Van Gogh made the colours more intense than in the original, however. He painted this work on a standard size canvas. He wanted to maintain the proportions of the original print and so left a border, which he filled with Japanese characters copied from other prints.