If having a large, beautiful print of Mt Fuji, by Kawase Hasui specifically, this is the woodblock print for you. This dai–oban sized woodblock has all of the incredible detail and treatment you’d expect from a Hasui print, while also being oversized.
Mt Fuji looms close in this clear winter scene, the village houses in the foreground seeming to mimic the shape of the mountain behind them. Printed in 1944, this is a first edition for the print and one of the very few dai–oban designs by Hasui.
The Woodblock Print
This woodblock printing by Kawase Hasui is a lifetime printing first-state with a 6mm publishing seal. A lovely impression with full margins. A few small and faint areas of light discoloration/foxing. A light backing has been applied to the print to firm it up (these larger prints tend to get soft creases due to their size.
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.