Ito Shinsui, Snow at the Shrine, Shin Hanga

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Ito Shinsui (1898-1972)
Title: Snow at the Shrine
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Date: 1930
Edition: 58/250
Dimensions: 27.8 x 43.2 cm
Condition: Paper browned slightly.

In a snow blanketed landscape, a young lady stands before a shrine. Her black naga-haori is coloured with a soft application of bokashi gradation, with the sparseness of pigment providing stippled texture. She wears tall geta for ease of movement and holds a parasol aloft, dusted by powdery snow. The vividness is of the tranquil stream flowing across the scene is enhanced by the pure white backdrop. In the Japanese language, the word for 'pine tree' is a homonym for the verb 'to wait' and has thus been a symbol or poetic byword for a lover's yearning. This can be translated into English to the same effect: to 'pine' for someone. The pine tree that dominates the left side of the composition alludes to, or possibly stands in for, a lover who may or may not stay true to their rendezvous.

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Print Format Other
Artist Name Shinsui Ito
Title Snow at the Shrine
Subject Beauty & Female, Landscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 27.8 x 43.2 cm