Pine Trees at Karasako (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 唐崎の松 木版画 大正7年 (Primary Title)
Ito Shinsui 伊東深水, Japanese, 1898 - 1972 (Artist)
Published by, Watanabe Shōzaburō 渡邊庄三郎, Japanese, 1885 - 1962 (Publisher)
For more than a thousand years, a gigantic pine tree has stood on Krasaki, a small cape on the west
bank of Lake Biwa. Its disproportionately wide branches extend more than 200 feet across. Wooden poles have been erected to support the branches and help protect them against the effects of weather. Shinsui presents a cropped view of the pine’s deformed heavy trunk, using shade gradations to render tree barks. In contrast, young trees planted nearby are visible in the distance. In Japan, the pine tree symbolizes life, longevity, and the spirit of its people.
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