Hasui 巴水 : A Nocturnal Fuji, Lake Ashino (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui  川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: A Nocturnal Fuji, Lake Ashino
Series: Collection of Views of the Moto-Hakone Minami Mountain Villa (aka Collection of Views of the Kenan Sanso Mountain Villa in Moto-Hakone)
Date: 1935

View of a sunset-pink-tinged Mt Fuji garlanded by clouds as seen from the the shores of Lake Ashinoko, a caldera lake that formed about 3000 years ago after the eruption of Mount Hakone. This view is now the symbol of Hakone, and the area remains quite scenic and undeveloped. This is one of a set of six works commissioned by the Iwasaki Family, founders of Mitsubishi, in 1935. The Kenan villa was built in 1911 for Baron Iwasaki Koyata, nephew of Mitsubishi company founder Iwasaki Yataro. This is an example of the Watanabe-pubished Hasui designs that bear the round seal in the 1930s in the first edition (as here). First (and only) edition.  

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Puckers in upper margin corners from previous mount.
Dimensions: ôban (25.3 x 37 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Hotei/Brown number 363.  See Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art for the Muller example. See Art Institute of Chicago.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui