Hasui 巴水: Shiba Great Gate 芝大門 (Sold)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957)
Title: Shiba Great Gate 芝大門 (Shiba Daimon)
Date: 1926 (Taishô jûgonen saku)

A bicyclist pedals beneath this famous red-orange landmark, which once marked the entrance to the Zojoji Temple grounds. The streets are slick with rain, and the telephone pole and the man’s garments lend a more modern feeling than Hasui usually expressed in his works. The vantage point is rather unusual, as Hasui seems to be peering out from over a wall, perhaps from within the compound. The wooden Daimon gate seen here in 1926 was replaced with a reinforced-concrete gate in 1937, which somehow survived the war and still stands today. Most of Zojoji Temple was converted into a public park in the Meiji period, and today the gate stands above a busy street in Minato City, surrounded by unremarkable city buildings. Hasui completed five prints with the publisher Isetatsu between 1925 and 1927, which represented his first foray of working with a publisher other than Watanabe. Rare.

Provenance: From the personal collection of the late Hasui scholar and curator Hisao Shimizu (1953-2020). This exact work was published  on page 20 in the Japanese catalog Hasui Kawase, written by Shimizu and published by the Ota City Folk Museum in  2007. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (37 x 25.6 cm)
Publisher: Isetatsu
Literature:   From the personal collection of the late Hasui scholar and curator Hisao Shimizu (1953-2020).  This exact work was published in Hasui Kawase, Ota City Folk Museum, page 27, number 20. Narazaki # I-5; Hotei/Brown #169. See the Art Institute of Chicago and LACMA museum collections.
Seal: Kawase
Signature: Hasui