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Snow at Ueno, Kiyomizudo

Snow at Ueno, Kiyomizudo
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Snow at Ueno, Kiyomizudo
Date 1st edition?1929/7
Date of this artwork?1980s (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Sakai and Kawaguchi 酒井川口
Publisher (this edition)?Shobisha
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 30376
Notes (1st edition)?Title Kiyomizu-do in the Snow
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature Hasui
Seal sui
Dated 1929
Period Shin hanga
Publisher: Sakai and Kawaguchi (first edition of 100 prints), Kawaguchi (later 1930s edition of 350? Prints), Shobisha (>1950s editions).

Description Kiyomizu-do at Ueno on a snowy day.
Width 11.0 inches = 28.0 cm
Height 16.1 inches = 41.0 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- Snow at Ueno, Kiyomizudo- 1.jpg is:

Japanese Woodblock by Hasui ‘Snow at Ueno Kiyomizu Temple’ (1929)

Beautiful temple scene with bijin under umbrella surrounded by drifting snowfall by Hasui Kawase (1887-1957) titled “Ueno Kiyomizu no Yuki” (translates as “Snow at Ueno Kiyomizu Temple”) and margin-dated originally as “Showa 4” (or 1929). This print was aptly chosen as the frontispiece to the 1986 book by Irwin Prather titled “Kawase Hasui and his Contemprories: The Shin Hanga (New Print) Movement in Landscape Art” (and is in my opinion, Hasui’s finest image—of all). 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. Printed by Shobisha Publishers (who acquired the woodblocks when K & S dissolved in 1931). Circa mid-1980's (OLDER, "mellowed" paper--not new)--to learn more about --to learn more, please click the following link to learn more about "old paper" and Shobisha Publisher, click the following link about "Old Paper.".

SPECIAL NOTE—My previous auction listing’s comments (over the past 2-plus years) regarding this print have been to state that: Consignor has informed me that the Shobisha's previously remaining and dwindling inventory of this superb print is now "exhausted," that their skilled printer is now dead, and that none will likely be re-printed until at least the year 2007 at the earliest (assuming a skilled printer can be located at that time).

As an additional UPDATE however—-to both his AND my surprise, over just the past couple of months Shobisha HAS done just that, and begun producing freshly printed “strikes” (ie, circa 2001) of this print that you’ll occasionally see elsewhere for sale. Anyway, be advised that although they too are fine prints, they’re simply printed on newer/thinner/brighter paper that lacks the both the texture and “mellowness” of these nearly 20 year older “strikes.” (To learn more, follow above link to article about "Old Paper.") He now personally holds the ENTIRE remaining "handful" of these EARLIER copies—-at this time, only 7 remain (2/29/2002, now 6). And in a few short months, they'll be "gone forever."

The workmanship in both carving and printing is simply superb—very nice gradation of colors (“bokashi”) virtually throughout print and is thickly “over-printed” falling snow ("gofun") which gives the print real “depth” (see last image which is a "side-lite" digital image). Print is in absolute pristine condition—no tears, no stains, no fading--and printed on a nice, heavier weight "hand-made" paper that is simply no longer available today. An absolute superb image!! Image measures 9 3/8 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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