Hasui 川瀬 巴水: Evening Snow, Edo River, Blue Version (Sold)
Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Title: Evening Snow, Edo River
Date: 1932, February
Fururu yuki (Edogawa). Two beauties cross a wooden bridge spanning the Edo River. This is the much rarer 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 example was published by Doi Hangaten in the years following the war, ca. late 1940s. Another example of this design with these exact publisher’s seals was sold at Sotheby’s London in May 2021 for $11,600.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (39.7 x 26.5 cm)
Publisher: Doi Hangaten
Literature: Hotei #270a
Seal: Publisher's seal of Doi Hangaten and carver/printer seal of Harada/Goto in left margin