Arai Yoshimune – Suma Beach

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Suma Beach at night, a full moon glowing beyond the branches of a tall pine tree on the beach. Two laborers can be seen, possibly collecting seawater for processing into salt.

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Description

Arai Yoshimune was a Japanese artist associated with the shin-hanga (“New Prints”) art movement in Japan during the early 20th century. This movement was influenced by European Impressionism and its imagery focused on landscapes, women, and nature. In the 1920s, the publisher Hasegawa commissioned a small group of artists to create woodblock prints for a series entitled “Hasegawa’s Night Scenes”, of which there were a total of 21 prints by 6 artists.

The Composition

The print is an image of Suma Beach at night, with a full moon glowing beyond the branches of a tall pine tree on the beach. Two laborers can be seen, possibly collecting seawater for processing into salt, one walking along the shore with a yoke over his shoulder while the other dips his buckets into the shallow water as waves lap at the sand.

To see all of the different renderings that we have please go to our Suma Beach at Night tag.

The Woodblock Print

This is a good condition early edition printing based on the small margins with no publisher seal on the print. As was common with early edition prints, this one does not have any margins. The colors are still strong with only minimal fading from where the print was behind a mat that overlaid the image.

The Artist

Utagawa Yoshimune II was the eleventh and youngest son of Utagawa Yoshimune I (1817-1880) his childhood residence was in the Kinroku-chō area of Tokyo. At a young age he studied with the famous ukiyo-e artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) and he assumed the name Toshiyuki at age thirteen. After his father’s death he was adopted by the Arai family. He succeeded his father in 1882 to become Yoshimune II and occasionally used his father’s art name Isshōsai, along with the name Arai Yoshimune. Worked as illustrator and print designer. Also known as Arai Toshiyuki.

Additional information

Artist

Arai Yoshimune

Condition

(B) Good Condition

Edition

Early Edition

Size

Chuban (7"x10")

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

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