Hasui: Winter Moon over Toyama Plain

Kawase Hasui

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Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Winter Moon over Toyama Plain
Date: 1920, Winter

Series: Twelve Subjects of Tokyo (Tokyo junidai)

Winter Moon Over Toyama Plain. Hasui himself wrote this about this work: “Alighting from the national electric train at Okubo Station, I hurried towards the Toyama Plain. I wanted to depict the winter moon, which could be compared to an old woman’s makeup in its graceful but frail nature. Even though night had just fallen, the scene was deserted in the cold, withered and wintry group of trees, eerie in the blurred lights visible in the distant forest. The moon casts a pale blue light.” The Toyama Plain is today part of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Hasui designed a similar scene in 1931.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Watanabe
Literature: Hotei 36. See Toledo Museum online.
Signature: Hasui


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