Hasui 巴水: Ochanomizu 御茶の水
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Series: Twenty Views of Tokyo 東京二十景
Tokyo nijûke, Ochanomizu. A blizzard transforms an ordinary view to an extraordinary one, with blowing gusts of snow masterfully rendered by the printer and blockcarver. Narazaki puts it best: “A view from the bridge over the Ochanomizu, a tributary of the Kanda River: a boat has come to a halt in the squalls during a blizzard, a row of houses is situated on the opposite bank.” With the earliest Watanabe seal for this print, from one of Hasui’s finest series. Chosen as the cover design for an edition of Hasui’s catalogue raisonné (Brill, 2003) and this exact work was published in the Japanese publication “Collection of Works by Kawase Hasui” by Hisao Shimizu, pg. 60 (Tokyo Art Co, 2013). Provenance: Former collection of the Hasui scholar Hisao Shimizu.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Dimensions: ôban (39 x 26.1 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Hotei #150