Couple Walking in the Snow', From Shimbi Shoin's "Ukiyo-e Grand Anthology"
This print depicts a man and a woman huddled under an umbrella, below snow-laden pine branches. It is from a 1903-1906 Series, Shimbi Shoin's "Ukiyo-e Grand Anthology". The original edition by Koryusai dates to the Edo period c1768. This Meiji-era print series from the publisher Shimbi Shoin (1890-1936) is considered a 'crown jewel' of 175 ukiyo-e masterpieces. Shimbi Shoin's spared no expense on this series, pioneering the use of 'end-grain carving' (in conjunction with usual 'plank-carving'), which reduced splintering and allowed these prints of astonishing detailing to be produced. The print measures 11.75" x 7.5", and the frame measures 18" x 14". It is matted in a veneer mat, with red bead accents and a black frame. It is in wonderful original condition. P6031 $125.00