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Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title:
Mount Fuji from the book Shinto and its Architecture
Date:
1930s by Watanabe
Size: koban, approx. 5.25" X 7.75" overall
Condition: VG, no flaws, uncirculated print
Impression:VG , solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: VG, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Documentation: Hb-s12 in Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003, see page 154, Volume 1
Notes: Rarely seen koban by Hasui

About Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui is the most celebrated Japanese woodblock print designer of landscapes during the 20th century, and one of the primary artists of the shin hanga ("new prints") movement. As a youth, Hasui studied in the studio of Kaburagi Kiyokata, where he concentrated on watercolor paintings of kabuki stars, landscape and other genre works, which were often published as illustrations. In the early Taisho period, Hasui was introduced to the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo who had been drawn to the talent of Kaburagi Kiyokata's students. Shortly thereafter, Hasui began designing woodblock prints for Watanabe, eventually accumulating a body of work of over 600 different print designs with Watanabe and a few other publishers including Doi. In 1956 Hasui was named a Living National Treasure of Japan by the Japanese government.

About Hasui's koban-sized prints

The shin hanga publisher Watanabe produced small prints in three differnt formats: octavo, postcard and koban. Collectively they are referred to as Hasui's postcard prints. They were marketed first in Watanabe's 1931 sales catalog. All of the postcard sized prints were unsigned and carry only the Hasui 9 or 10 seals (as found in Appendix III of Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints.) With the exception of prints made after 1989 (Heisei era), these prints do not bear a Watanabe publisher seal.