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Great Buddha at Kamakura

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Great Buddha at Kamakura
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Great Buddha at Kamakura
Series: 
Date 1st edition?1930
Date of this artwork?1930 Summer (may not be accurate)
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe 渡辺
Publisher (this edition)?Watanabe 渡辺
Medium (1st edition): Woodblock
Medium (this edition): Woodblock
Format (1st edition): Oban
Format (this edition): Oban
DB artwork code: 31096
Notes (1st edition)?Title The Great Buddha
first edition
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature 'Hasui'.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1930.
Publisher S. Watanabe.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Description "Kamakura Daibutsu" (The Great Buddha, Kamakura). This design has another color version which was created later. The bronze statue of Amida Buddha, also popularly known as "The Great Buddha of Kamakura". It is located near the Kotoku Temple in Kamakura. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second highest Buddha statue in Japan. The temple compound which housed the Buddha was swept away by the great tsunami in 1495. But the venerable Buddha remained here to oversee a million people every year.
Note Publisher Watanabe's seal during 1927-32 stamped on the right margin. Watanabe's old seal indicating its Ginza address is pasted on the backside.

Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 10.4 inches = 26.5 cm
Height Item 15.2 inches = 38.5 cm
Width Image 9.4 inches = 24.0 cm
Height Image 14.4 inches = 36.5 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:

Title The Great Buddha
first edition
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature 'Hasui'.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1930.
Publisher S. Watanabe.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent - very good.
Colors Excellent - very good.
Condition Very good … Discoloration and tear due to the tape residue on the back repaired (pigment added) on the middle of top area. Paper toning. Light creases and several paper cracks on the margins, a diagonal crease (ca. 2 inch long) on the sky on top right area.
Description "Kamakura Daibutsu" (The Great Buddha, Kamakura). This design has another color version which was created later. The bronze statue of Amida Buddha, also popularly known as "The Great Buddha of Kamakura". It is located near the Kotoku Temple in Kamakura. With a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second highest Buddha statue in Japan. The temple compound which housed the Buddha was swept away by the great tsunami in 1495. But the venerable Buddha remained here to oversee a million people every year.
Note Publisher Watanabe's seal during 1927-32 stamped on the right margin. Watanabe's old seal indicating its Ginza address is pasted on the backside.
Format Oban tate-e
Width Item 10.4 inches = 26.5 cm
Height Item 15.2 inches = 38.5 cm
Width Image 9.4 inches = 24.0 cm
Height Image 14.4 inches = 36.5 cm

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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