Chikanobu Yoshu, Snow at the Park, Winter, Kimono Design

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Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Snow at the Park
Series: Customs and Manners of Japan
Date: 1892
Publisher: Morimoto Junzaburo
Size: (R)25 x 35.9 (C)25.1 x 35.9 (L)25 x 35.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Beauties wander around the winter park of the temple premises, with wide umbrellas protecting them from the falling snow. On the left, a group of dogs fights over a straw geta sandal, cheering the ladies up and keeping them entertained. The chilly weather is clearly noticeable as some of the women wear additional layers of clothing over the usual kimono and high geta sandals to keep their feet away from the freezing snow.

The red colour of the temple buildings and patterned kimono garments strongly contrast with white-and-grey clours of the snowy landscape. A delicate embossing (karazuri) effect was applied to the fur of the playful animals.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Snow at the Park
Subject Beauty & Female, Landscapes, Kimono Design
Dimensions (R) 25 x 35.9 (C) 25.1 x 35.9 (L) 25 x 35.8 cm
Condition Report Light water strains and red pigment smudges. Fold marks and creases along the edges. Minor spots and light paper residue on the back.
Series Customs and Manners of Edo
Publisher Morimoto Junzaburo