In Falling Snow: Japanese Prints from the Lenoir C. Wright Collection

  • Oct 29, 2016 – Feb 26, 2017
  • Gallery 6
Hiroshige, "Lumberyards, Fukagawa", 1856, woodblock print on paper, 14
1/8 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Dr. Lenoir C. Wright, 1998.

Did you know?

This print is part of a series consisting of sixty-nine different designs depicting each of the sixty-six provinces of Japan. Hiroshige did not actually visit many of the provinces, but based his designs on the drawings of other artists, altering them to his liking. The most striking feature of this series was the vertical format, which allowed Hiroshige to experiment with the contrasts of foreground and background, drawing the viewer in while at the same time implying a sense of great distance. The high vantage point of most of the designs allowed for sweeping panoramas and expansive views of the beautiful countryside.

The wonders of winter snow can be seen in this exhibition drawn from the museum’s Lenoir C. Wright Collection of Japanese prints. Representing a variety of landscape settings, atmospheric conditions, and psychological moods, the woodblock prints masterfully illustrate how this seasonal phenomenon can provide visual interest while also furthering narrative content.

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