Hasui: Inokashira Shrine in Snow (Inokashira no yuki)
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Inokashira Shrine in Snow (Inokashira no yuki)
Date: 1928 (Showa sannen saku)
Beautiful, almost bird’s-eye view of the striking red shrine, which seems to float above the surrounding lake. These oversized works presented special challenges in regards to the blocks as well as the paper, in addition to being more difficult to print by hand. The combination of red shrine and falling snow is timeless and beautiful. Narazaki noted the oblique, high angle and the powdery snowfall, calling it “both lonely and daunting”. Scarce.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: o-ôban 51.4 X 37.5 cm.
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: N#252; H#178