Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Snow at Zojo Temple 雪の増上寺
Date: 1922, 18 January
Snow at Zojo Temple (Yuki no Zojoji). Iconic image of a man in western dress walking towards the majestic vermilion main gate of Zojo Temple. This print marks the beginning of Hasui’s portrayal of figures in western dress. The man’s overcoat catches the wind in symmetry with the blowing gusts of snow, which also align with the upturned eaves of the temple. Could this be considered a self-portrait of the artist? Extremely scarce in this condition, this work was produced in a limited edition of 100 prints that was by subscription only. It is also a pre-earthquake print and considered one of Hasui’s finest designs. There is an explanatory note that was pasted verso by the publisher (which has been removed but is included), as well as a limited edition seal.
Here is the translation of the note: For the members of the Edo Art Appreciation Society: The 3rd Offering of a New Print. "Zōjōji Temple in the Snow" by Kawase Hasui. This print represents original artwork drawn by Mr. Kawase in front of the gate to Zōjōji temple in Shiba on the evening of the heavy snow on January 18 this year. Seven print blocks were carved, with approximately 25 impressions to complete each print. 11 March, Taishō 11 (1922) Secretary of the Edo Art Appreciation Society Watanabe Shōzaburō In the print run of 100: No. 70.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. The note that was pasted verso has been removed by a museum restorer and is included.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Narazaki #81; Hotei #81. Water And Shadow IV.80
Seal: Diamond Kawase Hasui