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Kawase Hasui – Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach

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A beautiful and captivating spring view of Ninomiya Beach beneath the full moon; the moonlight shimmers in reflections on the water, illuminates the edges of the great pines trees, and frames the scene of a lone figure walking along the shoreline. Poetic solitude.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock by Hasui is in excellent condition with strong colors and good bleed-through to the verso. A clear verso as well as clean and intact margins. Deckled top edge. A beautiful copy of the print. Based on the publisher seals this print was published between 1981-1995 with the carver being Harada and the printer being Seki.

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

Late Edition

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Doi Eiichi

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Landscape, Night, River / Lake / Ocean, Solitude

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