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Surimono: The Lover in the Snow

Accession Number
1948/1.152

Title
Surimono: The Lover in the Snow

Artist(s)
Katsushika Hokusai

Object Creation Date
circa 1817-1849

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
4 7/8 in. x 6 3/16 in. ( 12.4 cm x 15.7 cm )

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Label copy
Katsushika Hokusai
Japan, 1760–1849
Surimono: The Lover in the Snow
Edo period (1615–1868)
circa 1817–58
Color woodblock print
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, 1948/1.152
This image showing a solitary figure walking in a snowy landscape may be the kind Whistler had in mind as he developed his print of Frances Leyland walking in the foreground of her home in Speke Hall, No. 1 (on view in the adjacent section on Margaret Watson Parker). In addition to the slender, downward-looking figure, the unifying tonalities and large untouched areas of paper in that work show a kinship with Japanese prints.

Subject matter
Snow scene with a figure carrying an umbrella.

Physical Description
The print depicts a figure in black walking in the snow with an umbrella. The snow covers the road, the well and the trees. Inscriptions of two poems appear on the upper right-hand corner, and the artist's signature can be found on the bottom edge of the print.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
calligraphy (process)
figures (representations)
poems
snow (precipitation)
trees
winter

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