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Title

Snow continues to fall

Apr 1978


Artist

Akiyama Iwao

Japan

1921 - 2014


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

Yuki furishikiru


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

67.1986


Artist information

Akiyama Iwao

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history