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Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach

Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach
Date 1st edition?1932
Publisher 1st edition?Doi Sadaichi 土井貞一
Publisher (this edition)?Doi 土井
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 30533
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:

Saturday, 1 July 2006

Kawase Hasui (1833 - 1957)
"Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach"
Japanese Woodblock Print - 1932
Reprinted 1951??This beautiful vintage Japanese woodcut is from an estate sale. It is Kawase Hasui's "Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach" originally printed in 1932. I think this one was reprinted in 1951, but I'm not sure about that. This luminous, moonlit seashore scene of Ninomiya Beach is in the Kanagawa Prefecture on Japan's northwest coast.

The print is 15 3/4" X 10 5/8" and the image size is 9 1/2" X 14 1/2". The left side (1st set of Japanese character pictures above) is a poem conveying the feeling of looking up at the full moon from the base of the large tree. The publisher is Doi Hangaten with the Doi seal. The carver/printer is Harada/Yokoi.

The back of the print is inscribed as shown with a date of April 22, 1951, but luckily none of the inscription shows through or has bled through to the print surface! The print was originally framed and tipped in at the top with tape. As shown in the photo, I have left the tape in place (with some of the backing attached - the top margin of the print is not torn) to be removed by the experts. There are some minor vertical creases at the top margin due to the tape. There is very slight foxing on the margins but overall the print is in excellent condition with deep color saturation and crisp lines, evoking a sense of tranquility and wonder.

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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