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Aoba Castle in Sendai

Aoba Castle in Sendai 仙台青葉城
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Aoba Castle in Sendai 仙台青葉城
Series: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern Japan Edition 日本風景集 東日本辺
Date 1st edition?1933/12
Date of this artwork?1933 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 33807
Notes (1st edition)?KAWASE HASUI
Aoba Castle, Sendai
from the series estate of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern Japan Edition
Date: originally published December 1933; Size: approx. 10.5" x 15.5"
Documentation: Kawase Hasui -- The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003, page 442 print #305 ABOUT AOBA CASTLE
Aoba Castle was built in 1600 by the powerful feudal lord Date Masamune. Because of considerations for the castle's defense, Masamune chose to locate his fortifications on Mount Aoba, 100 meters above the town below. In the last 400 years the castle endured the anti-feudal fervor of the Meiji era, a giant fire in 1882 and the carpet bombing of 1945. Now all that is left of the castle are remnants of the outer stone walls and a guard tower.
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:

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Catalog ID: 7119
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Aoba Castle, Sendai
Print Type: Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan
Edition No: First
Date: 1933
Publisher: Watanabe
Reference No: Hotei #305
Size: 15 x 10 "
Condition: Very fine impression & color; near fine state - faint toning at outer edges of top and left margins, only. (Easily matted out)
Notes: Narazaki notes that, "Printing the sky in black was the concept here. Perhaps Hasui was following the example of Suzuki Harunobu". Built in 1602, Aoba Castle in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, was completely destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945 and has never been rebuilt.

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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