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Kawase Hasui – The Road to Nikko (Nikko gaido)

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The Nikko Kaido (Nikko Highway) is one of the Go-kaido (five main highways) which connected Edo (Tokyo) and Nikko, a small city in the mountains north of Tokyo, a road of about 140 km. An old woman with a basket on her back walks along a path covered with majestic cedar trees, the vertical composition capturing the incredible height of the repeating cedars. The bright sun is visible just around the corner of the road and a small stream runs along the road.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock is in exceptional condition and a lifetime printing with a 6mm Watanabe publishing stamp in the lower right corner. Rich, bright colors without any discolorations, clean margins and a clean verso.  Deckled top edge.

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

1940s-1950s

Edition

Lifetime

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Watanabe Shozaburo

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Landscape, Solitude

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