Shiba Zôjôji by Kawase Hasui

'Shiba Zôjôji Temple' from "Twenty Views of Tokyo", by Kawase Hasui

This building is Zôjôji, which is still right next to Tokyo Tower in Shiba, Minato-ku. Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) created several other works about the temple standing in the snow. Zôjôji is a famous place that has been a subject of paintings since the Edo period. The features of this work, such as the diagonally stretched trunk of a pine tree, and a woman who could not see her face because she was holding an umbrella diagonally, were actually the way of expressions that Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) used often. 

The contrast between the white of the snow and the red of the building is very vivid, and the pieces of snow, which are scattered like the intensity of the snow, are different in size.

Title: Shiba Zôjôji

Author: Kawase Hasui

Year: 1925

Size: 36.1cm x 24.0 cm


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