Hasui 巴水: Evening Snow at Terajima (Terashima) Village 雪に暮れの寺島村 (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Evening Snow at Terajima (Terashima) Village 雪に暮れの寺島村
Series: Twelve Scenes of Tokyo  東京十二題 (Tokyo junidai)
Date: 1920, Winter

A solitary figure makes their way along a village walking path during a snowstorm at dusk, the warmly lit windows on each side beckoning with their promise of home. This is one of Hasui’s best designs, chosen for the cover of Narazaki’s 1979 monograph on the artist. Hasui himself wrote: “A long, gentle slope, two or three dim lights, even the row of houses is interesting. There is a ditch on the opposite side of the road. People seldom walk on the road because of the heavy snow, which here gradually darkens into a light purple. This is the village of Terajima in Mukôjima. There are a few telephone poles and lights are just beginning to appear in the houses in the distance.” The scene could be an image from a previous century but for the telephone poles that tower above the street. A perfectly evocative Hasui snow scene in perfect color and condition. The blue of the unfrozen canal glitters, the round snowflakes silently without wind, the black of the buildings contrasts with the white drifts of the snow. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Printed on deluxe, heavy paper.
Dimensions: ôban 39.1 x 25.8 cm
Publisher: Watanabe
Literature: Hotei #35 Narazaki #35. Kato Junzo, comp., Kindai Nihon hanga taikei, 1975-76, Vol. I, pl. 194. Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, p. 24, no. 35; Kendall H. Brown & Hollis Goodall-Cristante, Hollis, Shin-Hanga, New Prints in Modern Japan, 1996, p. 81, fig. 108; Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The complete woodblock prints, 2003, p. 297, no. 35; Kendall H. Brown, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, 2004, p. 40, no. 4; Shimada City Museum, Kawase Hasui, The landscape woodblock prints of the Taisho and Showa periods, 2005, p. 34, no. 34; Folk Museum of Ota City, Hasui Kawase, 2007, p. 24, no. 10; Carolyn M. Putney, et al., Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Toledo Museum of Art, 2013, p. 106, cat. no. 36. See Art Institute of Chicago, Chazen Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Honolulu Museum of Art.
Signature: Hasui Seal: Sui