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Object: Yuki no Shirahige 雪の白ひげ (Shirahige in the Snow)
Series: Tokyo junidai 東京十二題 (Twelve Tokyo Subjects)
Colour woodblock print. Sumidagawa river at Shirahige in the snow. Inscribed, signed, dated, sealed and marked. Edition of 200.
- Production date
- 1920 (winter)
Height: 27.10 centimetres
Width: 38.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Smith et al 1990
The designs of Hasui were the beginning of the short but fruitful Renaissance of landscape prints, and especially in his early years the poetic qualities of his landscapes and townscapes mark him as the true successor of Hiroshige (see nos 220, 223). Those published before the great Kanto earthquake of 1 September 1923, which destroyed the stock of woodblocks of so many publishers as well as of prints themselves, have a fresh grace and intensity of mood which the artist never quite recaptured. The printing, too, and especially the ultra-thick paper were of a sensuous quality which did not reappear after the devastation. The 'Twelve Tokyo Subjects' is in the old Ukiyo-e tradition of townscape sets and remains one of the finest. It was issued in an edition of only 200, and it is not thought that subsequent pulls were taken from the blocks.
The district is known for the Shirahige shrine and is in Higashi Mukojima in Sumida Ward (on the Sumida River).
Pachter, Irwin J., and Takushi, Kaneko, 'Kawase Hasui and his Contemporaries', Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 1986.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 Oct - 2017 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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