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Moon at Goura, Ibaragi- Isura- Izura

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Moon at Goura, Ibaragi- Isura- Izura
by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

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Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) 川瀬巴水
Title: Moon at Goura, Ibaragi- Isura- Izura
Date 1st edition?1952
Publisher 1st edition?Watanabe Shozaburo 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: 34234
Notes (1st edition)?
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:

Saturday, 5 November 2005

The title of this print is Moon over Isura (Izura no tsuki) and the date of publication is 1952. It was published by Watanabe and has a 6 mm red Watanabe seal. The 6 mm seal indicates that the piece was printed before Hasui death in 1957. This is thus an original edition (Original Watanabe prints published after the war and before 1957 have a 6 mm seal red or black seal.) You should be aware that of the Hasui prints sold on ebay very, very few are original edition prints.

Izura is in Ibaraki prefecture, which is about 1 1/2 hours by train north of Tokyo. The coastline in this area which faces the Pacific Ocean is know for its picturesque scenery

This print is a wonderful example of Hasui?s art. We see in the foreground a slightly derelict structure on a craggy cliff overlooking the open sea and in the near distance a boat with a lone rower. Pine trees frame the scene and all is illuminated by the newly risen full moon. As in the best of Hasui prints the scene conveys a tranquil atmosphere but has a sense of mystery and pathos.

Condition: There is a tape burn on the upper margin (as seen in the images). There is a vertical crease that is barely noticeable. Other than the conditions noted the piece is in perfect condition. The colors are rich and vibrant. It is all together a terrific work

DATE: 1952
MATERIAL: woodblock print
SIZE: 10 1/2" x 15 1/2" (26.8 39.4 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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