Hasui 巴水: Taisho Pond Kamikochi 土高橋大正池 1st edition (Sold)
Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Taisho Pond Kamikochi 土高橋大正池
Date: Ca. 1927 (undated)
First edition, with brighter green water and stronger contrast than the second edition. Gusts of blowing snow contrast with the stock-still trunks of trees and the rippling blue water of this pristine winter view. There are not that many Hasui designs that are completely devoid of any signs of human activity, but this is one of them. The Taisho pond was formed in 1915 when lava flows from Mount Yake dammed the Azusa River. Now it is part of a National Park. This is a rather scarce design by the publisher Bijutsusha, who published only eight designs during the period when Hasui was taking a break from his lifelong publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. First edition, with the Rumi seal of the publisher at lower right in red.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Clean and completely unfaded.
Dimensions: ôban (37.5 x 26 cm)
Literature: Narazaki # B-4; Hotei #173. See the Art Institute of Chicago and the MFA Boston Museums online.