Hasui: Morning at Dotonbori Osaka 大坂道とん堀の朝; Pre-Earthquake (SOLD)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Title: Morning at Dotonbori Osaka 大坂道とん堀の朝 (Osaka Dotonbori no asa)
Series: Souvenirs of Travels, Second Series 旅みやげ第二集 (Tabi miyage dai nishû)
Date: 1921, 14th February

Two houseboats are docked along the canal int his morning view of a riverfront in Osaka. Done almost entirely in shades of blue, there is only a touch of pink in the sky and water. Narazaki wrote “A morning mist floats on the water’s surface; a scene of quietude as the weather is about to clear...An unusual aspect of this work is the treatment of space through variations in tonality.” 

A scarce, pre-earthquake design. Difficult to find this design in unfaded condition, as here.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: Ôban 26 x 38.7 cm
Publisher: Watanabe
Literature: Hotei #55; Narazaki #55
Seal: Hasui
Signature: Hasui