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Kawase Hasui – Rain at Shinagawa

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A quiet and beautiful scene of an afternoon rain at Shinagawa; people walking along the river, a quaint bridge, the pops of color of the people with their umbrellas. While this is a more recent printing with the L seal, it is in exceptional condition and is a beautiful printing.

The Woodblock Print

This oban is in excellent condition with an L seal (Heisei seal 1989-2019). Strong color, print is in pristine condition. Good bleed through and a clean verso.

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.

Artist

Hasui, Kawase

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1980s+

Edition

Posthumous

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Watanabe Shozaburo

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Bridge, Landscape, Rain, River / Lake / Ocean

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