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Cormorant Fishing on Nagaragawa

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Cormorant Fishing on Nagaragawa 鵜飼(長良川)
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Original caretaker of this artwork: Ross Walker Collection (Ohmi Gallery)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Cormorant Fishing on Nagaragawa 鵜飼(長良川)
Date 1st edition?1954
Date of this artwork?1979 (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: 37326
Notes (1st edition)?Title Cormorant Fishing (commemorative edition)
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957 Biography Short Biography
Signature Hasui
Seal sui
Dated 1954
Publisher Watanabe
Technique/Medium Woodblock print.
Description "U-kai, Nagara-gawa" Fishermen has been using cormorant for fishing on Nagara River since 7th Century. The cormorant swallows small fish, which are attracted by the torch fire. The fisherman tugs the rope attached to the collar on the cormorant to prevent the fish go farther down the cormorant's throat. Later, he makes the bird regurgitates the fish into his basket.
Format Oban yoko-e
Width 15.6 inches = 39.5 cm
Height 10.4 inches = 26.5 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:

Impression excellent - very good … (printing in 1979 as commemorative edition)
Colors excellent
Condition excellent - very good
Numbered 265/350
Note: This impression was printed in 1979 as the special commemorative edition for the first comprehensive Hasui catalogue by Narazaki published by Mainichi Newspaper.

Note Watanabe 7mm round seal. Carver Hirakawa Seizo, Printer Horikawa Shozaburo. Square Watanabe seal on the left margin, which looks very similar to F-style seal, was used for some prints made in late 1970s. Stamp indicating "Published by Mainichi Newspaper, limited edition 265/350" in Japanese on the reverse side.

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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