Eight Views of Omi: Evening Snow at Hira

Artist: Katsukawa Shuntei (1770-1820)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1810s
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 19 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Anne van Biema collection, chuban, Edo period (1615 - 1868), evening, Japan, ocean, snow, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

Shuntei's Eight Views of Omi (Omi hakkei) was one of several series of this subject published in the 1810s and 1820s that was rendered in a European-influenced style. This print has only the title of the series inscribed at the top center, a position typical in a Western print, but unusual in Japanese designs. With no Japanese poem inscribed - as would be usual in illustrations of a subject inspired by Chinese poetry and paintings of the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers (Xiao-Xiang bajing) - the composition has the appearance of a pure landscape. European methods for rendering form and perspective can be seen in the thick clouds spreading into the distance and in the dark shading of landforms. The blank margin at left suggests that this print might have been attached in sequence with other prints of the series to form a handscroll.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 117, pp. 288-289.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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