Hasui - Byodo-in-TempleHasui - Byodo-in-Temple
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Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

A view of the side wing of the Byodo-in temple in Uji near Kyoto. The temple is also known as the phoenix temple.

Title: Uji Byôdô-in no ichibu (A section of the Byôdô-temple in Uji)

Series: Tabi miyage dai nishû (Souvenirs of travel, second series)

Signature: Hasui

Seal: Kawase (o. Sui)

Publisher: Watanabe (round seal Hotei A)

Date: Taishô 10, (1921)

Size: Oban, 36,5 cm x24,3 cm (print size)

Very rare and early print by Kawase Hasui. This print was made before the big Kantô earthquake in 1923, with the series title in left margin. Very fine impression. Paper slightly age-toned, a tiny bit wrinkly. Verso: At the upper margin two paper remains from former mounting. Possibly a colour variant.

Hotei Nr. 61 (Narazaki 61). “Although this piece might seem quite ordinary, it is a masterpiece in its striking composition“ (Narazaki, quoted in Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui, The complete woodblock prints, Amsterdam 2003, p. 61). Ill. also in the very recommended catalogue of the early woodblock prints by Hasui from the Balcer-Collection in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond: Kendall H. Brown (ed.), Water and Shadow. Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints. Richmond, VA/Leiden 2014, Cat. No. IV.60, and p. 117, 182.

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