Hasui

Kawase Hasui

1883-1957

Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series: Kinosaki, Tajima
(Tabi miyage dai sanshu: Suo Kintaikyo)

signed in blue ink Hasui, with red circular seal Kawase, with publisher’s red circular seal Watanabe; the series cartouche on the left-hand margin, Tabi miyage dai sanshu, followed by the print title, Suo Kintaikyo; and the date beneath, Taisho jusannen saku (made in Taisho 13 [1924])

oban yoko-e 15 1/8 by 10 1/8 in., 38.5 by 25.6 cm

A nocturnal streetscape in the rain of a narrow street beside a canal; on either side are low buildings (spa inns) and tall electric poles. The palette is extremely dark, aside from areas of blue in the water, the yellow umbrella of a pedestrian, and the warm orange-yellow of the lit windows, all else is rendered in black and shades of grey. In the distance, the shape of a mountain is barely visible against the dark sky; lighter areas of mist settle on the lower hills. On some impressions of this print the rain block, printed in black, can over-power the composition, distorting the view with unfocused vertical striations. This impression, with the earliest possible publisher seal, maintains the subtle gradations of color without obscuring the complex details of the keyblock carving.

References:
Kato, Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. 3, pl. 21
Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, pl. 121
Irwin J. Pachter, Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries, 1986, p. 51, pl. 33
Kendall H. Brown and Goodall-Cristante, Hollis, Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan, 1996, p. 19, fig. 4 Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p 341, pl. 121

price: Sold

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