This is an incredibly rare A-seal first edition, numbered edition, of Hasui’s “Hinomizaki, Izumo” from his series “Souvenirs of Travels, Third Series” printed in 1924. Pencil signed in addition to the signature in the left corner of the print. On the verso it is stamped 006 and the edition size we believe was a total of 300 prints. Most institutional holdings of this print are later 6mm “lifetime” editions printed between 1946-1957. No restoration work has been done on this piece.
The Woodblock Print
This oban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition; there is some tape and tape residue on the top edge of the verso, but that is the only aspect of the print that might want cleaning. The color is rich without flaws. No discoloration to the margins. With minor cleaning this is a museum-quality rare print by the master of shin-hanga.
About the Artist
One of the most sought-after Japanese printmakers, and perhaps the most recognizable shin-hanga landscape artist. Kawase Hasui (川瀬巴水, 1883-1957) was born to a textile dealer as the first son. His uncle was Kanagaki Robun, a famous playwright. 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.