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Hasui
Kawase Hasui, 1883-1957
Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series: Shirozaki, Tajima Province
(Tabi miyage dai sanshu: Tajima Shirozaki)

signed in blue ink Hasui, with red circular seal Kawase, with publisher's rectangular seal on lower right margin, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo), the print title on left margin, Tajima Kinosaki followed by the date beneath, Taisho jusannen saku (made in Taisho 13 [1924])
dai oban yoko-e 10 1/4 by 15 3/8 in., 26 by 39 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.
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: $ 5,800