In the lower left corner of this tall and narrow print two silohettes appear near a small dock. The surface of a pond stretches out behind them, filling much of the pictorial space. The dark form of a house with a traingular, mountain shapped roof rests in the upper register of the print. The lit windows from the house reflect in the calm yet slightly wavy pond.
Takahashi Hiroaki worked with the prolific twentieth century publisher of woodblock prints Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962). Takahashi was trained in Nihonga, or Japanese painting, and dedicated much of his time to paintings for exhibitions and illustrations for scientific publications. His nostalgic “Old Japan” imagery was highly sought after by collectors in Europe and North America. Takahashi’s work attempts to capture the essence of cultural events and everyday life.