Refined polychrome woodblock print signed on the lower margin by the artist Nishijima Katsuyuki (西嶋勝之). The work is titled “Passing Shower” (走り雨) and portrays the entrance of the “Kudaya Travelers’ Inn” (宿人旅 久田屋) in the city of Hida-Takayama (飛騨高山).
Nishijima Katsuyuki was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県) in 1945. From 1964 to 1968 he studied woodblock printing at the Mikumo publishing house (版元美雲) in Kyoto. Nishijima experimented with various forms of printing before focusing, from 1972, on woodblock printmaking in the sosaku-hanga (創作版画) style. His prints are highly appreciated and portray a traditional and romantic vision of Japan, which the artist expresses with a truly unique style characterized by very deep colors.
The print on Japanese washi paper (和紙) is in very good condition.