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May Rain- Arakawa

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May Rain- Arakawa 五月雨(荒川)
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: May Rain- Arakawa 五月雨(荒川)
Date 1st edition?1932/6
Date of this artwork?<=1954 (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Doi Sadaichi 土井貞一
Publisher (this edition)?Doi Hangaten 土井版画店
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 44075
Notes (1st edition)?川瀬巴水画
サイズ:およそ 版画 40cm×27cm.

Title Arakawa River in May Rain
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature "Hasui".
Seal "Sui".
Dated 1932.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.

Description "Satsuki-ame, Arakawa". Rainy day at Ara-kawa river. May in Lunar calender corresponds with June in today's calender. June usually has long rainy days in Japan.
Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height Item 15.6 inches = 39.5 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:

Vintage Japanese Woodblock Prints Set of Five (5) Landscapes Bridge Pagoda 1950s

My father brought these back from Japan in 1954. He served in Korea from 1954-1955, and went on leave in Japan.

They were matted and framed in the early 1960s, but I took them out to photograph them. I am told they are in "fair to poor" condition, but are from major artists—Koetsu (?) and Hatsui (?). I don't know art, and they are not my style.

Measure approx 10.5 x 15.5 inches (some variation, less than 1/2 in).

Mounted on pasteboard.

Darkening and damage as shown in photos.

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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