Hiroshi Yoshida was a 20th centuryJapanesepainter and print-maker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style of ukiyo-e woodblock printing, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly known for his images of non-Japanese subjects done in traditional Japanese woodblock style, including the Taj Mahal, the Swiss Alps, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks in the United States.
“All Heaven and Earth Flowered white obliterate… Snow…unceasing snow”
A little haiku to go with this woodblock print from Ando Hiroshige on this snowy day for our friends to the North. The piece, titled “Kambara, Night Snow (Kambara, yoru no yuki)” is no. 16 from the series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido Gojusan Tsugi) from 1834. An original was accessioned into the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and later reproduced in Japanese woodblock prints in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum published in 1979 and available digitally on our website.
It reads: “The night view of Kambara under heavy snow is one of the most famous prints of the Tokaido series. Three peasants trudge on undeterred by the snow-covered surface of the highway. One figure in geta (wooden sandals) covers his head with a half-closed umbrella. The configuration of village rooftops subtly complements the shape of the distant mountains and closely resembles Hiroshige’s rhythmic treatment of rooflines in other views from this series.”