Hasui 巴水: Evening in Soemoncho, Osaka 大坂宗右衛門町乃夕 (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Evening in Soemoncho, Osaka 大坂宗右衛門町乃夕
Series: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai Edition 日本風景集二関西篇
Date: 1933, April

Evening scene of two geisha passing a traditional Japanese establishment, the light from the entrance reflecting on their clothes as they cross in front of the welcoming yellow glow of the entrance. With the deep, velvety printing of the prewar era, we feel transported to the time and place of Soemoncho in the 1930s. This was the nightlife entertainment district in Osaka, where geisha might be hired to entertain guests at the many teahouses and restaurants. This work bears the Watanabe seal in the right margin that was used in the early 1940s, as well as the seal of the renowned printer Ono Gintaro.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (39.5 x 26.1 cm)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Literature: Narazaki #225, Hotei number 318.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui with his seal