Originally published in 1931, this print was published before 1957 (lifetime) but is missing any publisher mark that would allow us to date it more precisely. While we can’t be sure of its exact date of publishing, this print has spectacular color and detail.
Ryūsenji (瀧泉寺) also known as the Meguro Fudō (目黒不動, Black-eyed Fudō) is a Buddhist temple located in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. The temple currently belongs to the Tendai school of Japanese Buddhism, and its main himage is a hibutsu statue of Fudō-myōō. The temple is 18th of the Kantō Sanjūroku Fudō pilgrimage route of 36 temples in the Kantō region dedicated to Fudō-myōō.
The Woodblock Print
This oban-sized woodblock by Hasui is in very good condition with exceptionally strong colors and good bleed-through to the verso. A clear verso as well as clear and intact margins. Even paper tone (no toning) without any discolorations in the print. A minor thin area along the top margin, but not visible.
About the Artist
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was born to a textile dealer as the first son. His uncle was Kanagaki Robun, a famous playwrite. A pupil of Kaburaki Kiyokata who gave him the go of “Hasui”. Afterwards, he got to know Watanabe Shozaburo, then had a chance to see “Omi Hakkei” created by Ito Shinsui from the same school as his, which brought about an interest in the woodblock printing. In 1918, he released three pieces of “Shiobara” from Watanabe Printshop, afterwards, produced a number of landscape prints throughout his life and is considered one of the greats of the Shin Hanga art movement in Japanese woodblock printing.
Notes when buying: Hasui woodblocks were printed and reprinted both during his lifetime and post-mortem. When evaluating a Hasui woodblock, it is important to look carefully at the publisher seal, which will give a rough approximation for when the print in question was published, which can then be compared to when that print was originally published. Learn more about recognizing Watanabe-published editions here.