Ryûryûkyo Shinsai (active about 1789-1830)
Surimono (privately commissioned woodblock colour print)
Museum no. E.1415-1898
This print is a surimono, a privately commissioned woodblock colour print. The camellias have been depicted using the technique of tsuketate, whereby a shape is drawn without the use of contour lines.
The influence of Shinsai's teacher, Hokusai, is evident in the dynamic composition of the flowers. The image of camellias in the snow is a traditional Japanese motif that alludes to the month of January and the imminent arrival of spring.
This print can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box TOPIC JP1