Hasui 巴水: Senjo Cliff at Lake Towada 十和田湖千丈幕

Kawase Hasui

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title:  Senjô Cliff at Lake Towada 十和田湖千丈幕
Series: Collection of Views of Japan, Eastern Japan Edition 日本風景集 東日本篇
Date: 1933

A sunny autumn view  that feels reminiscent of Hiroshige with its sharply cropped and bold foreground tree. As Narazaki notes “Hasui depicted the picturesque scenery of Senjo cliff previously. In this example he illustrates a foreground tree, its wizened leaves turning yellowish and falling, even though it is still early autumn. Opposite is the bizarrely shaped cliff at Senjô, hemmed with autumnal foliage. The surface of the lake is serene: The reflection of the Senjo cliff on the water, upon which a single, white-sailed boat is afloat, is effective...This piece was sketched on 28 October 1932, produced in December and published in January 1933.” Narazaki also noted that there are two versions; this seems to be the darker version, without the yellow in the water. With the Watanabe seal that was used beginning in 1932. Also bears the “Made in Japan” seal that was used on works exported in the late 1920s-early 1930s. 

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. With some faint spots in the sky and hinging remnants verso.
Dimensions: ôban (38.8 x 26 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: Hotei #162 (a?)
Seal: Watanabe "D"-type seal (1932-1941) reading:版権所有不許複製渡邊庄三郎 hankenshoyū fukyofukusei: Watanabe Shōzaburō  copyright reserved, all rights reserved.
Signature: Hasui

SKU: HAS600