Pine Tree After Snow
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
|Artist:||Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) — 川瀬巴水|
|Title:||Pine Tree After 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:||34603|
|Notes (1st edition)?:||Title: Pine Trees After Snow limited edition, provenance: Robert O. Muller estate|
Artist: Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Description: "Matsu no Yukibare". A clear day after snow. Pine trees are covered by the heavy snow.
Hasui made only sixteen prints for the publisher Kawaguchi and Sakai. These handful works were considered among his finest work, especially the snow scenes.
This print shows well also the printing style of Kawaguchi - Sakai, which has more textured looks compare to those of other publishers.
Seal: Artist's seal ('sui').
Publisher: Sakai - Kawaguchi.
Medium: Woodblock print.
Editions of 100 and 350.
Note: "Made in Japan" is stamped on verso. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate. Limited edition number in Japanese is stamped on the back. Carver Maeda. Printer Komatsu.
Format: Oban tate-e
Width Item: 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height Item: 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm
Width Image: 9.5 inches = 24.1 cm
Height Image: 14.3 inches = 36.4 cm
Literature: Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, "Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints", Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, ISBN: 9074822460, - pg. 376, pl. 185
|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:|
This is a beautiful original woodblock print by noted shin hanga printmaker Kawase Hasui. It is entitled "Pine Tree, Snow, Clear Day", and it was published by Kawaguchi and Sakai, as opposed to his usual publisher Watanabe (hence no Watanabe seals). I imagine that this is a later impression, as it is my understanding that early Kawaguchi and Sakai prints were numbered, and this one does not appear to be. That said, it is quite old nonetheless, not a recent reprinting (please don't confuse this lovely print with the late edition restrike Hasui prints so often found on ebay!). Color and impression are superb; condition is very good, with just some light toning to the reverse of the print where it was (and still is) stored in its original presentation folder. Oban size, about 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 plus full margins.
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。