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Ushibori by Kawase Hasui
Ushibori by Kawase Hasui

Ushibori, 1930

Kawase Hasui

A ferryman rows his passenger across the river to the village of Ushibori, where warm lights from a cottage cast a glinting path. Huge stars, or perhaps fat snowflakes are reflected in the water’s mirror-like surface. Delicate outlines of snow-covered trees frame the enchanting scene. The artist combined traditional Japanese technique with Western-influenced light effects and shading to cast a tranquil spell. Here, he takes a captivating setting, then strips away all but the essential elements: a rowboat, a river and a starlit snowy night.

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