Kawase Hasui


Selection of Scenes from Japan: Uchiyamashita in Okayama
(Nihon fukei senshu: Okayama Uchiyamashita)

signed Hasui with artist's circular seal Kawase, the series title hand-sealed on the left-hand margin, Nihon fukei senshu, followed by the print title in the keyblock, Okayama Uchiyamashita, and the date Taisho juninen saku (made in Taisho 12 [1923]), printed post-September 1923 earthquake

aiban tate-e 11 7/8 by 9 in., 30.2 by 22.9 cm

The keyblock for this print somehow survived the fire after the Great Kanto Earthquake and was used to complete the print when Watanabe was able to resume production. This impression, lacking a publisher seal but bearing the series title cartouche, which is generally considered an indicator of an early printing for this series, varies only slightly from most versions with Watanabe's round publisher seal in which the figure on the lower right corner usually has a rosy-red striped kimono, rather than the muted aubergine striped kimono as found here. Curiously, there are a number of impressions extant which lack the publisher seal but appear to be of the period, such as this one, which is one of only two recorded with the series title cartouche, both not sealed by Watanabe (Abe, 2017). As the presence of the series title cartouche seal suggests this impression is quite early, one could surmise that the minor change to the color of the kimono was a subtle improvement implemented by Watanabe's printers with (slightly) later printings.

Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, pl. 112
Irwin J. Pachter, Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries, 1986, p. 95, pl. 31
Lawrence Smith, Modern Japanese Prints, 1912-1989, 1994, cat. 38, pl. 41
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p. 27, illus. p 335, pl. 112
Kawase Hasui Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing, 2017, p. 93, no. 146 (with series title cartouche)

(inv. no. C-3247)

price: Sold


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