Hasui 巴水: Daybreak over Lake Yamanaka 山中湖の暁 (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Daybreak over Lake Yamanaka.
Date: 1931

Mount Fuji rises above Lake Yamanaka’s deserted shoreline, the human presence indirectly felt in the moored wooden boat. Hasui was very deliberate when he composed his scenes, much like a cameraman with a viewfinder. Here he chose a view that did not show a complete reflection of the great mountain, as we see a reflected shimmer of only one side of the peak. The peak of Fuji-san is a brilliant orange, and the surrounding sky is yellow below and blue above. The trees on the shoreline are green in the foreground and transition to a blue as the distance increases, exactly as it would be seen if we were at this spot in person. With the Watanabe seal used between 1932 and 1941, this example most likely was printed in the early 1930s.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. 
Dimensions: ôban (39 x 25.4 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Literature: Narazaki #383; Hotei# 252. See LACMA, VMFA, AIC museum collections.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui