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Night Scene at Soemoncho

Night Scene at Soemoncho 大阪???乃夕
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Original caretaker of this artwork: Ukiyo-e Gallery

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Night Scene at Soemoncho 大阪???乃夕
Series: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai Edition
Date 1st edition?1933
Date of this artwork?>=1989 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 28236
Notes (1st edition)?
Notes (this edition)?The following information was taken from the original web listing of this artwork. Often written by non-experts, there may be inaccuracies:

Kawase Hasui

"It seems there are some dimensional differences of Hasui Heisei editions compared with early versions. Please see the image here, where left is the Hesei version and right an early version (no seals, estimated early prewar).

"In another image, where both prints are overlayed, you see that the Heisei version is approx. 5mm smaller at the "short" side. However the long side doesn't show any significant difference in length.

"I am no expert in paper, can this be explained by shrinking? 5mm shrinking I would accept, but I expect that an older print shrinks more (or maybe, older paper is of higher quality and therefore has more dimensional stability?). Furthermore, shrinking not only happen in one dimension, but also along the "long" side?

"What puzzles me more is the writing on the lower margin (actually right to left). In the Heisei version, the utmost left character, is in flush with the extension of the left margin, whereas the same character in the older version has a slight offset to the right! New keyblock???? According to Mr. Watanabe Jr., they never recarved the blocks.

Artist Bio: 
川瀬 巴水。1883年(明治16年)5月18日 - 1957年(昭和32年)11月7 日)。大正・昭和期の浮世絵師、版画家。1918年 (大正7年)、風景画家として世に出る。以後、数多くの木版画を発表。 衰退した日本の浮世絵版画を復興すべく吉田博らとともに新しい浮世絵版画の叙情的世界に、自然に肉薄する近代人の視点を導入することにより、独自の世界を展開した。享年74歳。

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