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Vincent Van Gogh | Bridge in the rain (after Hiroshige), 1887

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. | Source: © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam