Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Zôjô Temple, Shiba (Tokyo nijûkei, Shiba Zôjôji)
Early edition of Hasui’s most famous design, a classic of 20th century art on paper. A beauty braces her paper umbrella against gusts of snow, her features hidden from the viewer. We feel the weight of the snow on the pine branches. The red temple is solid in metaphor and countenance, an anchor that contrasts with the whims of weather and man. With the “A” seal of Watanabe, considered the best and earliest seal to have on this print. As Narazaki noted “This is a masterpiece within Hasui’s oeuvre, and no other by him received as much praise.”
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô Series: Twenty Views of Tokyo (Tokyo nijukei)
Literature: N#147; H#147