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HASUI Japanese Woodblock Print CHERRY BLOSSOMS AT NIGHT 1935

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HASUI Japanese Woodblock Print CHERRY BLOSSOMS AT NIGHT 1935

KAWASE HASUI

Cherrys at Night in Koganei


Date: originally published 1935 by Watanabe, this Hesei edition printed from the original wood blocks also by Watanabe with red Hesei seal
Size: oban, with full margins, 11" X 14.25"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003

An unusual oval format landscape by Hasui showing cherry trees in blossom under a night sky. Note the very delicately added hint of pink in the trees and the two people on an evening stroll visible in the enlargements below.
ABOUT KAWASE HASUI
Kawase Hasui (1883 – 1957) was a Japanese woodblock print maker in the early 20th century. He and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) are widely regarded as two of the greatest artists of the shin hanga style, and are known especially for their excellent landscape prints. During the forty years of his artistic career, Hasui worked closely with Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), publisher and advocate of the shin hanga movement. His works became widely known in the West through American connoisseur Robert O. Muller (1911-2003). In 1956, he was named a Living National Treasure in Japan.

Hasui worked almost exclusively on landscape and townscape prints based on sketches he made in Tokyo and during travels around Japan. However, his prints are not merely meisho (famous places) prints that are typical of earlier ukiyo-e masters such as Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Hasui’s prints feature locale that are tranquil and obscure in the then-urbanizing Japan. The dreamlike quality in Hasui’s prints epitomizes a yearning for the past and a preservation of the past in the midst of rapid modernization.


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