Whether we’re ready for it or not, winter is coming. To prepare ourselves for the upcoming chilly season, we’ve collected a group of gorgeous winter scenes in selected Japanese prints.
“In much the same way that the Japanese go out in springtime to admire the cherry blossoms, the beauty of snow invites people to come out and admire the winter season,” according to Dieuwke Eijer, Japanese print expert. Further, “Images of cold winter, as indicated by snow scenes, invoke on the one hand feelings of melancholy, and on the other good feelings of bowls of hot noodles, and other typical winter sweet and delicacies.”
“Hiroshige alone made over 1500 different winter scenes. The works incorporate a juxtaposition of the hardships endured by mid-19th century workers and travelers and the serenity of a snow-covered landscape. Despite the palpable discomfort of the situations portrayed, there is always an element of beauty visible.”
These 13 prints below highlight the natural beauty of the upcoming winter season. Bundle up and enjoy.
“Kyoto in Snow” by Ito Yuhan
“Kiso Gorge in Snow” by Hiroshige
“Falling in Snow” by Hirokage
“Snow at Shiba Daimon” by Hasui Kawase
“Mt Fuji in Snow” by Tomikichiro Tokuriki
“Winter Landscape with Crows” by Yamamoto Shoun
“Mallard in Snow” by Ohara Koson
“Snow at Nezu Shrine” by Koitsu Tsuchiya
“Imperial Palace in Snow” by Eiichi Kotozuka
“Itsukushima Shrine in Inland Sea” by Hasui Kawase
“Sawatari in Joshu District” by Takahashi Shotei
“Honganji Temple in Snow” by Kotozuka Hiichi
“Hazy Moon on a Snowy Night” by Takahashi Shotei
Find a wintery Japanese woodblock print for your collection in this week’s Jasper52 auction.