Born in Kobe City, KANAYAMA moved to Tokyo after he left the Jinjyo Elementary School. He entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts through the Rikkyo junior high school, and studied under KURODA Seiki. In 1912, KANAYAMA went to France. He traveled around Europe, and painted mainly in Paris by 1915. He had stayed at Shimosuwa Town of Nagano in every winter since 1917 to work. KANAYAMA withdrew the Kan-ten, and had worked alone without belonging any societies since the Tei-ten was reorganized in 1935. He traveled around Japan to sketch. He died in Tokyo.
As his nickname “the snow painter” indicates, Heizo Kanayama was fond of painting snowscapes. He particularly liked the snowscapes in the Shinanoji area, which he visited every winter for 24 years from 1917 onward. This work is a view looking from the Obasute Station down over the Chikuma River. Kanayama always painted his pictures in the open air on-site, and he is said to have completed this one in temperatures of more than 10 degrees below zero.