Kasamatsu Shirō 紫浪: Ueno Park and Shinobazu Pond
Artist: Kasamatsu Shiro
Title: Ueno Park and Shinobazu Pond, 1st edition
Kasumu Yube--Shinobazu ikehata. A staked willow tree dangles its branches into the water, the yellow lights reflecting in the pond. We see the pagoda of Ueno Park rising above some cherry blossoms, so it must be early spring. There is a soft mistiness to this work that means it must be approaching dusk. The colors are always soft in an early impression, as here. With the Watanabe seal in the margin that indicates a first edition, as this seal was used between 1930 and 1942. Most extant prints of this design are post-war or posthumous.Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban 39.2 X 26.5 cm.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Signature: Shiro Kasamatsu
Literature: See MFA, Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 122, no. 3-31. Smith, The Japanese Print since 1900 (1983), #77, photo page 83.