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The Zojoji Temple

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The Zojoji Temple
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: The Zojoji Temple
Series: 20 Views of Tokyo
Date 1st edition?1934
Publisher 1st edition?Osaka Mainichi Publishing Company
Publisher (this edition)?Osaka Mainichi Publishing Company
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Aiban
Format (this edition): Aiban
DB artwork code: 42187
Notes (1st edition)?Notes about the 1934 edition published by Osaka Mainichi Newspaper:

This is a genuine pre-war variant of Hasui's masterpiece "Zojoji Temple", printed as a first and only edition in 1934. It was included as a magazine supplement, so definitely only a single edition, and due to its extreme rarity the edition was quite small. Its size is about 10% smaller than the original 1925 edition by Watanabe (image area is 21.2 x 32cm). It was originally tip mounted to the magazine's black backing and contains a tissue coversheet with an English explanation. This edition is far rarer than Watanabe's original 1925 strike (which was printed in several editions of up to 3,000 copies).

A note from the publisher Watabane Shoichiro:

The image you sent me is a reproduction of Hasui print. Maybe in 1935, I heard that Osaka Mainichi Shinbun Company made it in a litte smaller size. I am sorry I don't know much about this.


Shoichiro Watanabe
Notes (this edition)?
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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