In his prints Akiyama combines the fresh naivety of the Japanese folk art tradition, as well as its rough technique and hand-made paper, with the more sophisticated tradition of 'haiga', the union of sketches and 'haiku' poems. 'Haiku' are the succinct 17 syllable poems in which what is implied is more significant than what is stated. This print depicts a pilgrim climbing the snowy slopes of Mt. Fuji with the passage in the centre reading: "'Throughout life's journey, snow continues to fall' by Santôka." (Taneda SANTÔKA (1881-1940) was a free style Haiku poet). This print is most appealing in its balance of simple but bold shapes and calligraphy against the whimsical portrayal of the pilgrim.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1986.
Place where the work was made
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
45.5 x 30.5 cm image
Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, pencil "Akiyama Iwao" [and artist's seal]. Dated l.l., pencil "AP. 1978".
Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1986
Not on display
© AKIYAMA Iwao
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Japanese prints of the 20th century, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jun 1990–12 Aug 1990
Reflections: Japanese prints from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 02 Jul 1993–08 Aug 1993
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994