Evening Snow on the Asuka Mountain (Asukayama no Bosetsu)
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
To create the soft contours of the hillsides in this lovely rendering of the “snow in the evening” subject, Hiroshige’s printer employed a technique called bokashi. Unlike most woodblock printing, in which ink is applied evenly across the block for a consistent plane of color, for this technique the printer uses moisture and smears to create gradual transitions from thick to thin ink, blurring between dark and light tones.
Color woodblock print on paper
Sheet: 9 3/16 x 14 1/2 in. (23.4 x 36.8 cm)
Image: 8 7/8 x 13 13/16 in. (22.5 x 35.0 cm) (show scale)
Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Evening Snow on the Asuka Mountain (Asukayama no Bosetsu), ca. 1838. Color woodblock print on paper, Sheet: 9 3/16 x 14 1/2 in. (23.4 x 36.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 39.577 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.577_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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