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Kawase Hasui – Rain at Maekawa (Selected Views of the Tôkaidô Road)

$1,500.00

“A rainy night, a row of thatch-roofed houses line the street – a traditional woodblock print design and one of Hasui’s favourites. …The rain is created through the use of the baren (pad used to apply colour during print)”

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Sōshū is present-day Kanagawa Prefecture. The array of traditional thatched-roof houses along the street, the shadows of large pine trees, a person walking with an umbrella, and the straight lines of rain produce a sense of tranquility as well as the nostalgia reminiscent of some work by Utagawa Hiroshige:

“A rainy night, a row of thatch-roofed houses line the street – a traditional woodblock print design and one of Hasui’s favourites. …The rain is created through the use of the baren (pad used to apply colour during print)”.

Narazaki Muneshige
Hasui’s biographer and compiler of the artist’s first catalogue raisoneeé Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, Mainichi Shinbun, Tokyo, 1979.

 

The Woodblock Print

This woodblock by Hasui is in very good condition; strong color and rich blacks, no discoloration, even toning to the paper, strong margins and edges. Delicate warm variations in the color of the reflections.

Originally published in 1932, this print has the Watanabe Publisher “6-mm” seal faintly seen in the lower left of the image, indicating a lifetime printing (1946-57).

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) Very Fine Condition

Date

1940s-1950s

Edition

Lifetime

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Watanabe

Size

Oban (10"x15")

Subjects

Cityscape, Night, Rain, Solitude

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