Hiroaki: Kiso Gorge in Snow (Sold)

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Artist: Takahashi Hiroaki (Shôtei) 高橋松亭 弘明
Title: Kiso Gorge in Snow
Date: ca. 1920s

View of Kiso Gorge,  whose vertical walls and precipitous wooden bridge were made famous from prints by Hiroshige. We see travelers crossing the bridge at top and a man poling a log raft through the rapids in a straw coat, below. The vertiginous view is made even more so by the tall, narrow format. This work is considered to be from the pre-earthquake period, although it is not listed in the Shimizu Hiroaki catalog of 2005. Very scarce.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 38.2 cm x 8 cm
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Seal: Hiroaki  
Lit: Not listed in Shimizu, Hisao, Syotei (Hiroaki) Takahashi: His Life and Works, 2005, pl. 210. Listed on the shotei.com website as number P-5, where it is considered a pre-earthquake design.