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Notes (1st edition)
Publisher (this edition): Watanabe Shozaburo Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe
Date of this item: >=1989 >=1989 1933 1933 1933
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Kawase Hasui

"It seems there are some dimensional differences of Hasui Heisei editions compared with early versions. Please see the image here, where left is the Hesei version and right an early version (no seals, estimated early prewar).

"In another image, where both prints are overlayed, you see that the Heisei version is approx. 5mm smaller at the "short" side. However the long side doesn't show any significant difference in length.

"I am no expert in paper, can this be explained by shrinking? 5mm shrinking I would accept, but I expect that an older print shrinks more (or maybe, older paper is of higher quality and therefore has more dimensional stability?). Furthermore, shrinking not only happen in one dimension, but also along the "long" side?

"What puzzles me more is the writing on the lower margin (actually right to left). In the Heisei version, the utmost left character, is in flush with the extension of the left margin, whereas the same character in the older version has a slight offset to the right! New keyblock???? According to Mr. Watanabe Jr., they never recarved the blocks.
Night at Soemoncho in Osaka from the sereis Scenic Views of the Western Provinces of Japan by Kawase Hasui. Genuine woodblock print dated April Showa 8 (1933). Very good condition. Oban size measures 15.4 x 10.3 inches. Good ink bleedthrough on fine washi. No Watanabe seals on front. Red shintei (presentation) seal on verso margin.

Night Scene at Soemoncho

A wonderful night scene in the tea house district in Osaka. The luminous glow of the lanterns on the buildings and the pedestrians in traditional clothing are classic Hasui touches, beautiful. This image was one of the Hasui prints from the 1936 Toledo Museum of Art show- a groundbreaking show of contemporary Japanese prints in the USA.

Signed- Kawase Hasui with red artistfs seal gsuih
Sealed- Publisher Watanabe, 7mm seal, later edition original, from original blocks
Image size- 9 ?h x 14 3/8h (oban tate-e)
Condition- Excellent, no toning, tears, not mounted, full margins
Saturday, 7 January 2006

Title: At Dusk in Osaka
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