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Phoenix Hall, Byodo Temple, Uji

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Phoenix Hall, Byodo Temple, Uji 宇治平等院鳳凰堂
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Phoenix Hall, Byodo Temple, Uji 宇治平等院鳳凰堂
Series: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai Edition
Date 1st edition?1933/9
Date of this artwork?1933 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 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: 30426
Notes (1st edition)?Original Japanese woodblock print by Hasui, Kawase (1863-1957). Left wing of the Byodo-in Temple in Uji-Renge near Kyoto. Date: 1933 (early edition). Publisher: Watanabe. Signature: Hasui with Sui-seal.
Size: c. 10.04 x 14.96 inches (25,5 x 38 cm), oban.

川瀬巴水 
「日本風景集II 関西篇」 
宇治平等院鳳凰堂 
サイズ: 約39cm×26cm

Documentation: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003


Byodo Temple, formerly the villa of Fujiwara-no-Michinaga, was converted into a temple by his son, the Kanpaku (Imperial Regent), Fujiwara-no-Yorimichi, in 1052, during the glory period of the Fujiwara family. Phoenix Hall was built in the following year. A National Treasure, it is the only building dating back to the time of the temple's establishment. Its graceful appearance conjures up a paradise dreamed of by the Heian aristocracy. The garden, designated as a special place of scenic beauty, is a relic of the Heian Period. This majestic garden centers around Phoenix Hall and incorporates the surrounding natural scenery, including the clear water of the Uji River and the mountains in front.

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:

Tuesday, 9 August 2005

Original Japanese woodblock print by Hasui, Kawase (1863-1957). Left wing of the Byodo-in Temple in Uji-Renge near Kyoto. Date: 1933 (early edition). Publisher: Watanabe. Signature: Hasui with Sui-seal. Authentic piece of the time, no reprint/recut. Condition: excellent, very small tape remnants on verso, one little pin hole in upper edges, not backed, not trimmed. Colors: excellent. Print: excellent. Size: c. 10.04 x 14.96 inches (25,5 x 38 cm), oban.

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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