Hasui 巴水: Sengaku Temple (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Sengaku Temple 泉岳寺
Date: 1931

Series: Selected Views of the Tokaido Road (Tokaido fukei senshu)

It is evening and a woman walks towards the entrance gate to Sengaku Temple, a small child on her back. We see a few yellow window lights, and the pines that frame the entrance. With the Watanabe seal used between 1931 and 1941. Narazaki wrote: “A solitary twinkling star in the sky at night descends on the Sengaku Temple. The single figure of a woman looking after a child and the scattered lights emphasize the loneliness of the temple precinct.” 

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some toning verso, and minor tape stains at top recto. Hairline disturbance in block that happened at the time of printing.
Dimensions: ôban (38.6 x 26 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: See MFA, AIC, Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p. 397, no. 216. Kendall H. Brown, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, 2008, p. 77, no. 41. Kawase Hasui Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing, 2009, p. 99, no. 154.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui