Awazu (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 粟津 木版画 大正6年 (Primary Title)
Morning at Awazu (Donor's Title)

Ito Shinsui 伊東深水, Japanese, 1898 - 1972 (Artist)
Published by, Watanabe Shōzaburō 渡邊庄三郎, Japanese, 1885 - 1962 (Publisher)

Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Overall: 8 3/4 × 12 9/16 in. (22.23 × 31.91 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.64 × 50.8 cm)
Not on view
This landscape depicts a view of Awazu, a picturesque town located on the southern shore of Lake Biwa. Awazu is on the Tokaido, an ancient highway that linked Tokyo to Kyoto during the Edo period (1615–1868). In this view, Shinsui indicated clearing weather with white clouds shown against a blue sky. In the middle ground a farmer plows the rice field with a cow, while pine trees line the picture plane against the distant mountain. Only the vast land in the foreground conveys the history of Awazu as the site of the Battle of Awazu in 1184 during the Genpei War.
Shin-hanga 新版画
12/200 (摺刷二百枚限之內 第十二番)
Taisho period (1912-1926)
深水 Shinsui
Publisher's seal on verso
近江八景の内 粟津 大正六年五月 (Eight Views of Omi, Awazu, Taisho 6, 5th month)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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