Hasui: Karasu Marsh, Akita (SOLD)
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Karasu Marsh, Akita.
Series: Souvenirs of Travels, Third Series 旅みやげ第三集 (Tabi miyage dai sanshû)
Narazaki sums it up perfectly: “Dark pine branches jut out in the left foreground, green trees are further removed on the right. The water’s surface and sky have been meticulously rendered.” Layers of overlapping textures, tonalities and textures make this serene view feel full and rich. For this work to be unfaded, as here, the purple in the clouds in the clouds near the horizon must be present. With the earliest Watanabe seal used during this period, right, used between 1924-1930, making this a first edition.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Narazaki #135; Hotei #133. See National Museum of Asian Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Toledo Museum of Art, VMFA.