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Hasui Woodblock Print: May Rain at Arakawa River

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Hasui Woodblock Print: May Rain at Arakawa River

Japanese woodblock print by Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) entitled “May Rain at Arakawa River,” originally published in 1932. This print is a later impression printed posthumously from Hasui’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal. Hasui is regarded as the foremost landscape print artist of the 20th century. He was renown for his scenes of everyday life, which he executed in a sophisticated yet simple manner. His work is distinguished by his fascination with light, climactic conditions and tranquility. Based on sketches he made during his travels through Japan, Hasui’s prints are characterized by their serenity of mood and flawless composition. He was the first woodblock print artist to be honored by the Japanese government with the prestigious title of “Living National Treasure.” Hasui’s work is in the permanent collections of the leading museums of the world. Most of his works were produced for the initiator of the Shin Hanga movement, Watanabe Shozaaburo. Landscape prints from the Shin Hanga movement were extremely popular and highly prized among collectors in Europe and America. The workmanship in both carving and printing is very good. Skillfully executed changes of color shading ("bokashi") are seen throughout the print. Pristine condition, with excellent color and registration, and strong ink bleed through. Oban size image measures 14 ¼” x 9 ½”, plus full margins.

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