Hira (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 比良 木版画 大正6年 (Primary Title)
Evening Snow at Hira (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 1/2 × 12 9/16 in. (21.59 × 31.91 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.64 × 50.8 cm)
Not on view

This landscape by Shinsui depicts a portion of the Hira Mountains, west of Lake Biwa, which run nine miles from north to south. The range experiences hard winters each year and is famously depicted covered in snow in the dark of night. This print, however, shows an early spring scene with snow melting on the foothills and reeds swaying in the wind on the water bank. A brown gradation defines the evening sky, and the transition from blue to brown on the water indicates the reflections of the mountains and the sky.

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 比良 大正六年五月 (Eight Views of Omi, Hira, Taisho 6, 5th month)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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