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Misty Day in Nikko, 1937
Ink on Paper
14 13/16 in. x 9 13/16 in. (376.24 mm x 249.24 mm)
About a century after Hokusai designed his prints of Mount Fuji and the Kirifuri Falls, Yoshida Hiroshi, one of Japan's most accomplished modern landscape artists, created this view of the cedar-lined approach to the Tōshōgū Shrine at Nikko. Although the shrine itself is significant for its ornate Ming Chinese-style architecture and its famous sculptures of the See, Hear and Speak-No-Evil Monkeys, it is the natural setting around the shrine that is truly breathtaking. Ieyasu's grandson, the Shogun Iemitsu, planted 200,000 cedar trees to line the approach to the mausoleum, lending majesty to the site. Yoshida, who was trained in Western style painting, designed woodblock prints that have the subtle color gradations and textures of watercolor paintings by layering as many as 40 colors in a single image.
- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021
Small label on verso: #17. On verso, in pencil: 800-. On lower edge of print, in pencil: Misty Day in Nikko. Artist's seal: Hiroshi.
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.
Color woodblock print with an image of a temple and a large tree.
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