Hasui: Mutsu, Tsuta Onsen
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Mutsu, Tsuta Onsen
Series: Souvenirs of Travels, First Series (Tabi miyage dai isshû)
Date: Summer 1919
Mutsu Tsuta onsen (Tsuta Hotsprings, Mutsu Province). Hasui’s own notes on the design are revealing: “Tsuta spa is situated in a secluded area deep in the mountains, far from any village. It has only one inn. I felt an unbearable loneliness in this solitary house during a gentle evening shower, so I went out... I looked over my shoulder towards the inn. I saw the faint lights of the dark and isolated building which was backed by a group of cedars, their forms blurred by the rain.” Scarce, pre-earthquake design in excellent condition.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (38.5 x 26.3 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Narazaki #12; Hotei #12. See MFA website.