Snow on Willow Bridge
Publisher: Watanabe, 6mm Watanabe Seal
Date: first published 1927, this: early post-war Impression (1946 - 1957)
Condition: excellent colors and impression, extensive deep "gauffrage" (embossing) as snow, over-splashed white "gofun" highlights, slight mat burning on the backside
Two women with an umbrella cross a bridge over the river, Sumidagawa, in a heavy snowfall. This print illustrates the Yanagibashi ('the Willow bridge') over the river Kanda near its convergence with the Sumida. Independent landscape scenes are only a small group in Koson's work. This image, in its great simplicity and effective use of only a few colours, is one of his most beautiful designs.
Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Size: Ôban (37,9 x 25,3 cm)