Kawase Hasui


The World of Ukiyo-e, vol. 6, no. 61, March edition
(Ukiyo-e kai, sangatsu go)

with cover woodblock print of Mt. Fuji signed in seal form Hasui, published by Ukiyo-e Doukoukai (Ukiyo-e Association) in Tokyo, produced by the National Diet Library, and edited by Narazaki Muneshige, March 1st, 1941

9 1/8 by 6 1/4 in., 23.2 by 15.9 cm

By the 1930s and into the 1940s, Hasui frequently produced designs on commission for various magazines, including several for The World of Ukiyo-e (Ukiyo-e kai). The editor, Narazaku Muneshige (1904-2001), was a well-known ukiyo-e scholar and collector who was the author of the essential catalogue raisonne, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu in 1979.

The magazine is illustrated with black and white photographs of woodblock prints including works by Kaigetsudo Ando (1671-1743), Ishikawa Toyonobu (1711-1785), a diptych by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), and a painting by Utagawa Toyoharu (1735-1814). An article by Tsukamoto Shinji (pp. 35-36) reviewing the 2nd Seikinkai exhibition is accompanied by images of a painting by Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) titled Wakamizu (First Water on New Years) and a pair of six-panel screens by Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944) titled Rafusen (The Immortal of Mount Luofu). Additional photographs illustrate woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige ( 1797-1858) and Hiroshige II (1826-1869).

Kendall Brown, Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints, 2014, p. 11, cat. III.21 Andreas Marks, Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection, 2015, Ito Shinsui Exhibition History, p. 240 (Wakamizu painting exhibited at 2nd Seikinkai); and Yamakawa Shuho Exhibition History, p. 255 (pair of six-panel screens, Rafusen, exhibited at 2nd Seikinkai)

(inv. no. 10-5501)

price: $400


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