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Dawn over Lake Shoji

Dawn over Lake Shoji
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Dawn over Lake Shoji
Date 1st edition?1935
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Shikishi
Format (this edition): Shikishi
DB artwork code: 42491
Notes (1st edition)?Artist: Hasui, Kawase (1883-1957) - 川瀬巴水
Title: Dawn over Lake Shoji
Date: 1935
Publisher: Watanabe - 渡辺
Medium: Woodblock
Format: Shikishi, 21.3 x 18.2cm (image size)

Note from Ross: Very rare. First and only edition. The Hasui catalogue suggests that 20,000 copies of this calendar print were printed, along with 10,000 of the more commonly seen 1935 Miyajima calendar scene. I in no way believe 20,000 copies were made of this Fuji scene, although 10,000 Miyajima is possibly true. My view is based on my research database statistics. The number of times a print is represented in my database is approximately proportional to the number of prints of that scene published. I have the Miyajima scene represented in my database many times, but I don't have a single copy of the Fuji scene (until now, 2011), despite ten years of cataloguing prints. If 20,000 had actually been printed we would have seen this scene even more often than the Miyajima scene, which we can see multiple times during any single year. Admittedly, being a calendar print, many would have been discarded, but not to the extent that this print became this rare, and besides, the Miyajima print was also a calendar print in a smaller edition size, yet it is quite common. I'm guessing 200 or less of this Fuji scene were actually printed (a single run). Well, that's my take in the situation. This is definitely a rare Hasui print.

Japanese modern woodblock mid-size (shikishi) print, by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), entitled 'Dawn over Lake Shoji' [Brown, Kawase Hasui (Hotei), #370], 1935, published by Watanabe Shozaburo but unsealed, print 7.25'' x 8.5''

Note: An alternate name, "Shojin" is sometimes used for this lake, however, a quick search in Japanese will reveal that this name is incorrect. The correct reading is "Shoji".
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:

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Unframed Japanese modern woodblock mid-size (chuban) print, by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), entitled 'Dawn over Lake Shoji' [Brown, Kawase Hasui (Hotei), #370], circa 1935, published by Watanabe Shozaburo but unsealed, (toned, laid down), print 7.25'' x 8.5''

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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