Hasui 巴水: The Kabuki Theater 歌舞伎座
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: The Kabuki Theater
The Kabuki Theater is lit from below, its eaves glowing yellow against a deep blue evening sky. We see its reflection in the nearby canal. The Kabukiza is brightly lit and seen from across a river and partially obscured by other buildings; an interesting viewpoint, one that is unusually indirect. We see a single dark figure walking along the bank of the canal. The Kabukiza was rebuilt after a fire in 1924 and was destroyed again in WWII, before being rebuilt in 1951. This canal seems to since have been replaced by a freeway. This work would have been paired with Ito Shinsui’s work “Interval” in an experimental pairing of works by the two artists. Only five Hasui prints were published by Isetatsu, and they remain quite scarce. Provenance: Ex-collection of the late Hasui scholar Hisao Shimizu, Tokyo.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint
Dimensions: ôban (36.8 x 25.5 cm)
Literature: Hotei #167 See AIC, LACMA websites.