Hasui 巴水: Evening Moon at Nakanoshima, Sapporo; Mint First Edition 札幌中嶋之夕月 (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui  巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Evening moon at Nakanoshima, Sapporo 札幌中嶋之夕月: Sapporo Nakanoshima no yûzuki
Series: Collection of scenic view of Japan, eastern Japan edition: Nihon fûsei shû, higashi Nihon hen
Date: 1933

Unlit except for a full moon, we see a farmer watering his horse on his way home from the fields. Nakanoshima is situated in southern Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaidô. Tall poplar trees, for which Sapporo is known, soar in the darkness. Behind them the red-orange moon hangs deep and reflects on the water. With this incredibly evocative design, Hasui transports us, giving us an intimate glimpse at a long-lost place and time in his beloved countryside. With strong woodgrain in the sky. Mint first edition, with the Watanabe seal used between 1930 and 1942.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint. Perfect.
Dimensions: ôban (39 x 25.8 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô (seal D)
Literature: Narasaki 202/Hasui #294. See Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian.
Signature: Hasui with Kawase seal