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Zojoji Temple in Snow

Zojoji Temple in Snow
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Zojoji Temple in Snow
Date 1st edition?1929
Publisher 1st edition?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Publisher (this edition)?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 30319
Notes (1st edition)?川瀬巴水木版画 
限定 100 と 350 

Title Zojoji Temple in Snow

Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature "Hasui".
Seal Artist's seal ("Sui").
Dated 1929.
Publisher Sakai-Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.

Edition Sizes: 100, 350, and open

Description A snowy night at Zojo-ji Temple.
Note Carver Maeda, printer Komatsu. Sometimes has a "Made in Japan" stamp on the verso.

Format Oban yoko-e
Width Item 17.3 inches = 44.0 cm
Height Item 11.2 inches = 28.5 cm
Width Image 14.4 inches = 36.5 cm
Height Image 9.4 inches = 24.0 cm
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-Zozoji Temple in Snow- 1.jpg is:

Hasui ‘Snow at Zojoji Shrine’ (1929)

Beautiful temple scene with bijin under umbrella surrounded by drifting snowfall by Hasui Kawase (1887-1957) titled “Yuki no Zojoji” (translates as “Snow at Zojoji Shrine”) and margin dated originally as “Showa 4, Nigatsu” (or 1929, February). One of 16 Hasui images published during 1929 and 1930 by Kawaguchi & Sakai (and as such, bears no Watanabe seals)—a posthumous edition struck off of the original blocks. Published by Shobisha Publisher who acquired the blocks when K & S dissolved in 1931. Circa 1990's.

The workmanship in both carving and printing is simply superb—very nice gradation of colors (“bokashi”) virtually throughout print with various shadings of grays, tans, reds, and very soft blues; and nicely done “gauffrage” (“blind-printing” or embossing) to many of the falling snowflakes which give the print real “depth.” Print is in absolute pristine condition—no tears, no stains, no fading. Additionally, the hand-made Japanese paper used in these prints is much heavier and nicer than many other Hasui prints. Great image!! Image measures 9 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches

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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