Hasui 川瀬巴水: Ose, Izu 伊豆大瀬 (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Title: Ose, Izu 伊豆大瀬
Date: 1937

Sea spray in the foreground splashes against shoreline rocks, which appear deep blue due to the near-twilight of the scene. We might even say that this borders on an aizuri-e, or picture done entirely in shades of blue. The only sign of humans are several men in a small wooden boat in the distance, dwarfed by their surroundings. We see blueish islets rising starkly in the distance against a very soft pink sky. This is a surprisingly scarce design, perhaps because many folks at the time were looking for more classically “Japanese” scenes. First edition. Purchased in Japan by a member of the US Occupation in the late 1940s and never framed.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (27.5 x 39.3 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: Hotei number 406. See VMFA and Freer Gallery of art online. 
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui