Hasui

Kawase Hasui

1883-1957

Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series: Gozanoishi Shrine at Lake Tazawa
(Tabi miyage dai sanshu: Tazawako Gozanoishi)

signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, with publisher's seal, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo) on lower right margin (Hotei 'B' seal, ca. 1924-30), the print title on left margin, Tazawako Gozzanoishi, followed by the date, Taisho jugonen saku (work of Taisho 15 [1926])

oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 3/8 in., 39 by 26.2 cm

Although Hasui suffered the devastating loss of his home and all of his sketchbooks (some 188) in a fire that consumed his neighborhood in Atago after the 1923 earthquake, he got back to work quickly and left on a long tour only one month after the disaster. The sketches from that tour, and subsequent tours in the following years became the basis for the twenty-nine designs included in Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series, published from 1924-1929.

Hasui traveled through the Akita prefecture in June of 1926, when he would have visited the Gozanoishi shrine located on the northern shore of Lake Tazawa in the Ou mountains on the Akita peninsula. It appears that when Hasui recorded this scene, the torii gate was made of raw wood and stood in the shallows near the waters edge, but the current construction of the torii is painted vermillion and appears to stand on slightly higher and dry ground.

References:
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The complete woodblock prints, 2003, no. 131
Fresh Impression: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 145, cat. no. 92

(inv. no. 10-3758)

price: $3,400

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