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Snow at Zojoji Temple

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Snow at Zojoji Temple 増上寺の雪
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Snow at Zojoji Temple 増上寺の雪
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1953
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Large Oban
Format (this edition): Large Oban
DB artwork code: 28596
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Catalog ID: 7266
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Snow at Zojo Temple, Tokyo
Print Type: Limited Edition Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Edition No: #155/250
Date: 1953
Publisher: Watanabe
Reference No: Hotei #592
Size: 14 1/2 x 18-1/2 "
Condition: Very fine.
Limitation sticker on reverse.

Notes: Paper limitation sticker on the reverse, tied to the print with the artist's red chop. Click here to view.
This print was requested by the Commission for Protection of Cultural Properties to designate the woodblock printing technique as a "mukei bunkazai" (intangible cultural asset). The block cutting was undertaken by Sato Jurokichi, the foremost living block-cutter. The printer was Ono Gintaro (1885-c.1962), who had worked with Hasui for over 36 years. The distinctive technical features include the illustration of the snowflakes, created by repeated over-printing (more than 40 times), and the block-cutting of the detailed wooden architectural framework of the multi-storied, vermilion-colored Sanmon (main gate) of the Zojo Temple.

This print solidified Hasui's position as the "Master of Snow".

Hasui was named a Living National Treasure in 1956.

Artist Bio: 
川瀬 巴水。1883年(明治16年)5月18日 - 1957年(昭和32年)11月7 日)。大正・昭和期の浮世絵師、版画家。1918年 (大正7年)、風景画家として世に出る。以後、数多くの木版画を発表。 衰退した日本の浮世絵版画を復興すべく吉田博らとともに新しい浮世絵版画の叙情的世界に、自然に肉薄する近代人の視点を導入することにより、独自の世界を展開した。享年74歳。

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