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An image of Snow continues to fall by AKIYAMA Iwao

AKIYAMA Iwao

(Japan 1921 – )

Title
Snow continues to fall
Alternative title:
Yuki furishikiru
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Year
Apr 1978
Media category
Print
Materials used
woodcut
Dimensions

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".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1986
Accession number
67.1986
Copyright
© AKIYAMA Iwao
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (3)

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