Yabase (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 矢橋 木版画 大正6年 (Primary Title)
Sunset Glow at Yabase (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 1/2 in. (21.59 × 31.75 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.64 × 50.8 cm)
Not on view

This seascape captures the evening glow at Yabase, an ancient harbor on the east shore of Lake Biwa. During the Edo period (1615–1868), boats transported passengers and goods between Yabase to Otsu, a station on the Tokaido Road near Kyoto. Instead of the steamers that had appeared in Japan during the early Meiji period (1868–1912), Shinsui chose to depict small wooden boats sailing against a gust of wind toward the shore—a lyrical genre known as “fishing boats returning in the evening.” A predominant pink wash on the surface makes this print unique in the series, as the only one to incorporate a vibrant, warm color.

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 矢橋 大正六年七月 (Eight Views of Omi, Yabase, Taisho 6, 7th month)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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