Hasui 巴水: Daybreak over Lake Yamanaka 山中湖の暁 (Sold)
Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Daybreak over Lake Yamanaka.
Date: 1931 (This edition 1943-45)
Mount Fuji rises above Lake Yamanaka’s deserted shoreline, the human presence indirectly felt in the moored wooden boat. Hasui was very deliberate when he composed his scenes, much like a cameraman with a viewfinder. Here he chose a view that did not show a complete reflection of the great mountain, as we see a reflected shimmer of only one side of the peak. The peak of Fuji-san is a deep pink, and the surrounding sky is orange below and blue above. The trees on the shoreline are green in the foreground and transition to a blue as the distance increases, exactly as it would be seen if we were at this spot in person. With the Watanabe seal used between 1943 and 1945, right margin. It is interesting that this work was chosen to be re-released during the war years.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some wrinkles. Printed on the rather thin paper that was used during the war.
Dimensions: ôban (39 x 26.4 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: Narazaki #383; Hotei# 252. See LACMA, VMFA, AIC museum collections.