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Hasui

Kawase Hasui

1883-1957

Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series: Kozu, Osaka
(Tabi miyage dai sanshu: Osaka Kozu)

signed Hasui with red artist's seal Kawase, with round publisher's Watanabe seal in lower left corner, the series cartouche hand-stamped on the left margin, Tabi miyage dai sanshu, followed by the print title, , Osaka Kozu, and date, Taisho jusannen saku (Taisho 13, 1924)

dai oban tate-e 15 1/4 by 10 3/8 in., 38.8 by 26.2 cm

As the title cartouche for this series was hand-stamped, it is not uncommon to find impressions with early Watanabe publishers seals but lacking the series title. That said, the presence of the series title cartouche, as found on this example, is generally considered indicative of a very early printing.

This impression is noticeably darker overall than other extant examples. The blue bokashi sky is more saturated, and the faint periwinkle along the horizon was likely more purple. The roof and balustrade under the shadows contrast dramatically with the brown-grey foreground, which is usually a blue-green color on other impressions.

Reference:
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The complete woodblock prints, 2003, no. 118
Kendall H. Brown, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, 2004, p. 51, no. 15
Carolyn M. Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 136, cat. no. 81

price: $ 3,500

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