Hasui 川瀬 巴水: Snow on Miyajima 雪の宮島 (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Snow on Miyajima 雪の宮島
Date: 1928 (Showa 3)
Size: ôban (38.8 x 26 cm)

Snow on Miyajima. The famous "floating" vermilion entrance torii to Itukushima Shrine is pictured on a day of heavy snowfall, the fat flakes falling silently on a windless day. We see a man poling a boat while admiring the snow-covered  gate as he passes it. In the background, seen mistily through the haze of the snowy day is glimpsed a row of traditional inns and the shadow of the mountains on the opposite bank. This Watanabe publisher’s seal (right margin) was in use between 1932 and 1941. A quite scarce design.

Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô 
Literature: Hotei/Brown #139. Fresh Impressions, Cat. 103, page 153. See AIC (Gift of Oliver Statler) online.

Signature: Hasui with Kawase seal
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Note that the red color is not quite as deep as shows in scan (although no photo-retouching has been done.)