Hasui

Kawase Hasui

1883-1957

The Great Gate at Shiba
(Shiba daimon)

signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, the title on the left margin, Shiba daimon, follwed by the date, Taisho jugonen saku (made in Taisho 15 [1926]), with publisher's name along the bottom margin, Sosaku Hangakai Isetatsu (Creative Print Company Isetatsu), 1926

oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.5 cm

In 1925, Hasui issued a companion print to this design titled Snow at Daichi. Both works were part of a collaborative series of woodblock prints issued by the publisher Isetatsu (Hirose Tasugoro) comprised of five sets of two prints, each set pairing a landscape by Hasui with an image of a beauty designed by Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), for a total of ten works. It was the first time Hasui worked with a different publisher than Watanabe Shozaburo. Snow at Daichi was paired with Shinsui's January 1925, Snowy Night (Yuki no yoru) depicting a woman adjusting a red shibori blanket; and this design was paired with Shinsui's Drizzling Rain (Shigure, or, 'Autumn Shower'). This is one of the more scarce designs from the series.

References:
Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, p. 207, no. I-5
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p. 369, no. 169
Hisao Shimizu, Hasui Kawase, Folk Museum of Ota City, 2007, p. 27, no. 20
Hisao Shimizu, Kawase Hasui, Folk Museum of Ota City, 2013, p. 55, no. 66

(inv. no. 10-5388)

price: $3,800 (reserved)


Kawase Hasui

originally issued with 'Shigure' by Shinsui

kikumon

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