Snow Scene

by Utagawa Kunisada

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Artist Statement

Snow Scene captures three women playfully battling beneath the trees on freshly fallen snow. A hint of night sky peeks out from the top of the scene, with the rest awash in fat flakes of a white storm. We catch them at peak snow day glee: one dodging clusters of frozen flurries while another winds up for an encore. The women bend and twirl around waves of brightly patterned fabric, a gorgeous choreography of chaos and joy.

Why We Love It

While modern critics were late to recognize Kunisada’s significance, he was enormously popular amongst his contemporaries. In fact, he and his work were so widely admired that in order to help his fellow artist and friend Hiroshige promote his series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō, Kunisada produced his own version with one of his bijin-ga ladies posed in the foreground of each of Hiroshige’s landscapes.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches and maximum of 2.5” to allow for framing.

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Museo PR

10"x8" | edition of 10
14"x11" | edition of 150
20"x16" | edition of 25

Utagawa Kunisada

Born in 1786 in Honjo, Japan, Kunisada began producing prints as early as 1807 and continuously developed his style until his death in 1865. Toward the end of the Edo period in the 1850s and ‘60s, Kunisada, Hiroshige, and Kuniyoshi—all part of the Utagawa school of ukiyo-e—were three of the most widely renowned woodcut print artists in Japan at the time. Unfortunately, as the genre gained popularity among European and American collectors in the late 19th and early 20th century, all three came to be regarded as inferior to the earlier greats of classical ukiyo-e such as Katsushika Hokusai. Toward... Read More
the middle of the 20th century however, both Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi’s works were re-evaluated by Western art historians, and soon became considered masters of their art. Though it wasn’t until the 1990s that Kunisada’s prints returned to the spotlight to take their rightful place in art history.
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