Hasui 巴水: Dusk at Phoenix Hall 鳳凰堂の暮雪 (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui  川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Dusk at Phoenix Hall (Hôôduôin no bosetsu) 鳳凰堂の暮雪 
Date: 1951 (Showa nijûrokunen saku)

Snow falls in the last light of day on the Phoenix Hall near Kyoto. Hasui chose to create this work in sepia tones, perhaps increasing the feeling of nostalgia for a simpler time. The variety of tones and the different shapes of every snowflake help to create a wonderfully atmospheric design. There is also a very light blue block that has been printed on the areas of deeper snow to add depth. For reasons unknown this is a scarce design, and almost never comes up for sale in this first edition. A recent reproduction edition with re-carved blocks has been printed by Watanabe, but it cannot be compared with the original edition, which is one Hasui's strongest post-war designs.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (26.6 x 39.1 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Hotei #567. See LACMA online.
Seal: Watanabe
Signature: Hasui with Kawase seal