Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series: Snow at Miyajima
(Tabi miyage dai sanshu: Yuki no Miyajima)
signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, the print title on the left margin followed by the date, Showa sannen saku (made in Showa 3 ), with publisher's seal on the right magin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo), 1928
oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 1/4 in., 38.5 by 26.1 cm
In the years following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962) managed to not just relocate and rebuild, but his business grew and thrived as the shin-hanga market expanded with a majority of the prints being exported. By the mid to late 1920s, shin-hanga as a distinct genre had fully crystallized, and Watanabe remained at the forefront, encouraging the highest standard of production possible. For landscape collectors, prints depicting scenic views, such as this one, hit all the marks for his (mostly) foreign clientele: a quintessential Japanese subject, in the snow, deftly composed with harmonious coloration.
The subject is the great torii gate at the Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture, which appears to float in the water at high tide. In the 1979 catlaogue raisonne Narazaki appreciated the subtle details, noting the "inns and mountains on the opposite bank blurred by the heavy snow. The sea is calm and shallow, the waves are broken by the oar of the rowboat" (translation in Brown, 2003).
Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, p. 54 no. 142
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p. 351, no. 139
Shimada City Museum, Kawase Hasui, The Landscape Woodblock Prints of the Taisho and Showa Periods, 2005, p. 59, no. 88
Hisao Shimizu, Hasui Kawase, Folk Museum of Ota City, 2007, p. 33, no. 36
Kendall H. Brown,Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, 2008, p. 24, no. 60
Kawase Hasui Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing, 2009, p. 49, no. 68 Hisao Shimizu, Kawase Hasui, Folk Museum of Ota City, 2013, p. 49, no. 84
Carolyn M. Putney, et. al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 153, no. 103
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