An image of Snow continues to fall

AKIYAMA Iwao

(Japan 1921 – )

Snow continues to fall

Location
Not on display
Further information

In his prints Akiyama combines the fresh naivety of the Japanese folk art tradition, as well as its rough technique and hand-made paper, with the more sophisticated tradition of 'haiga', the union of sketches and 'haiku' poems. 'Haiku' are the succinct 17 syllable poems in which what is implied is more significant than what is stated. This print depicts a pilgrim climbing the snowy slopes of Mt. Fuji with the passage in the centre reading: "'Throughout life's journey, snow continues to fall' by Santôka." (Taneda SANTÔKA (1881-1940) was a free style Haiku poet). This print is most appealing in its balance of simple but bold shapes and calligraphy against the whimsical portrayal of the pilgrim.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 1986.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
Apr 1978
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
45.5 x 30.5 cm image
Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, pencil "Akiyama Iwao" [and artist's seal]. Dated l.l., pencil "AP. 1978".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Yasuko Myer 1986
Accession number
67.1986
Copyright
© AKIYAMA Iwao