Hasui 巴水: Snow at Koshigaya 越ヶ谷の雪
Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Title: Snow at Koshigaya
Peaceful view of a docked wooden boat during a snowstorm, the marshes across the river slowly being blanketed by snow. The snowflakes are large and are printed with blind embossing so that they are evident even when falling atop the pure white areas. The water has been masterfully depicted, with very subtle gradations of colors. A tiny hut is shown at the edge of a promontory on the Motoarakawa River in Saitama Prefecture. With perfect color, this work is often found faded, and lacking the soft yellow/green in the river water that is found here. A crisp, early edition, bearing the Watanabe seal that was used between 1933 and 1942, lower right margin.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Narazaki #350; Hotei #353. See MFA and Chazen websites.