Shotei Takahashi, Snow Scene, Winter Landscape, Nihonmatsu


Artist: Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945)
Title: Nihonmatsu in Winter
Date: Early 20th century
Dimensions: 17 x 38 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print. 


A snow scene in the town of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima prefecture. Two silhouettes pause by the canal, a lantern in one of their hands emitting a warm glow. The water is still and the thick snow coats the entire landscape. Such quiet scenes are common subjects amongst shin-hanga artists. Place names held a particular importance for Japanese art and literature. Artists would call upon certain places for their poetic, historical or seasonal significance. Visiting somewhere lacking in either of these was somewhat contrary until after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when artists begun to search out places outside the established poetic tradition. For Shotei Takahashi, as well as his contemporaries, the tranquil beauty of a small town like Nihonmatsu could be a worthy subject as any.

Shotei Takahashi (Hiroaki) (1871 - 1945)

In 1907, as a successful artist, he was recruited by Shozaburo Watanabe to contribute to the Shin-hanga (New Prints) art movement in Japan. Watanabe helped to fulfill the Western demand for ukiyo-e woodblock prints which would be similar to familiar historical masters of that genre. In about 1921 Shotei added the artistic name of Hiroaki. In 1923 the Great Kanto earthquake (and subsequent fire) destroyed Watanabe's facilities; this included all Shin-hanga woodblocks. Thus, Shotei recreated prior designs destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake and also continued to produce new woodblocks.

More Information
Print FormatOtanzakuban
ArtistShotei Takahashi (Hiroaki) (1871 - 1945)
Size17 x 38 cm
Condition ReportMinor foxing on top.