Hasui 巴水: Misty Morning, Yotsuya Approach 霧の朝 (四谷見附) Published First Edition (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水

Title: Misty Morning, Yotsuya Approach 霧の朝 (四谷見附)
Date: 1932, March

Beautifully rendered portrait of an ancient pine, the silhouette of a burgeoning city seen in the far distance, civilization only glimpsed in the mist. We can see that this view is from the top of the embankment, as the pine’s lower boughs overhang the steep drop of its slope. Yotsuya is today part of Shinjuku, although before WWII it was a ward of Tokyo. The Tokugawa shogunate protected its stronghold by using the Sumida and Kanda rivers to serve as moats. A very deep trench was dug at the Yotsuya Approach, the only point where the Kokyo Terrace was connected directly with the Musashi Plain. It is doubtful that this view survives today, as a highway was directed through this area.  With the very early Doi Sadaiichi that was used prior to Word War II. With perfect, unfaded colors. Provenance: From the collection of the late Hasui scholar and curator Hisao Shimizu. This exact print was published in the 2007 Folk Museum of Ota City Hasui Kawase catalog, page 46, number 85.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Dimensions: ôban (39 x 26 cm)
Publisher: Doi Sadaichi
Literature: Hotei #271.  See Art Institute of Chicago, Chazen Museum of Art, VMFA, MFA Boston museum collections.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui