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Hasui

Kawase Hasui

1883-1957

Rain at Ushibori
(Ame no Ushibori)

signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, the print title at the center of the bottom margin, Ame no Ushibori, and dated to the right, Showa yonnen juichigatsu saku (Showa 4 [1927], 11th month), with publisher's seal at left, Sakai Kawaguchi gohan (Sakai Kawaguchi joint publication), the carver and printer seals at lower left margin, horiko Maeda, suriko Komatsu (carver Maeda [Kentaro], printer Komatsu [Wasakichi]), with paper limited edition seal hand-numbered and signed on verso, Shohan seisen, hyaku mai no uchi, dai nijuhachi go (exclusively selected out of an edition of a hundred, number 28), Hasui, with artist's red seal Kawase, ca. November 1929

dai oban tate-e 16 3/8 by 11 3/4 in., 41.7 by 30 cm

In 1929 the publishers Sakai and Kawaguchi began producing high-quality woodblock prints designed by the leading shin hanga artists, including Hasui for landscapes, Torii Kotondo for beauties, and Ohara Koson for bird and flower subjects. In 1931 the publishing partnership was dissolved, with Kawaguchi retaining the blocks and the skills of the printer Komatsu Wasakichi, who produced later limited editions in the 1930-40s. This print is from the earliest edition which was limited to only 100 numbered impressions, as identified by the paper label on verso and the carver's seal of Maeda Kentaro.

Reference:
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003
(10-4980)

price: Sold

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