Hasui 巴水: Blue Version of Evening Snow, Edo River (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水
Title: Evening Snow, Edo River 暮るゝ雪(江戸川)
Date: 1932, February

Fururu yuki (Edogawa). Two beauties cross a wooden bridge spanning the Edo River. This is the blue version of this design, done in the spirit of Hiroshige’s “aizuri-e”, or pictures printed entirely in blue. The blocks used were the same as with the full-color version, so it was up to the unparalleled skill of the printer to create depth using expertly applied variation in the saturation of the applied pigment. This seal is the same Doi Sadahichi seal shown in the Hotei catalogue raisonne and is from the first edition. This exact print is illustrated on page 91 of Hisao Shimizu’s “Works of Kawase Hasui”, published in 2013 by Tokyo Bijutsu. Provenance: The collection of the late Hasui scholar Hisao Shimizu.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban
Publisher: Doi Sadaichi
Literature: Hotei #270a
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui