Hasui: Full moon above pine trees
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Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

The full moon rises above clouds and tall pine trees, illuminating a field with a solitary farmhouse.

Title: Magome (Umagome) no tsuki (The Moon at Magome/Umagome)

Series: Tôkyô nijûkei (Twenty views of Tokyo)

Signature: Hasui. Seal: Kawase (o. Sui)

Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo (round red 6mm seal at lower right in the picture)

Date: Shôwa 5 (1930)

Size: Vertical Ôban, 36,3 x 24 cm (image)

Excellent impression and colours. Life-time impression, printed c. 1945-57. Paper only minimally age-toned, verso in bottom two traces of removed adhesive tape (not showing through). Overall very nice condition. An exceptionally atmospheric night scene.

Brown, Hotei No. 165 (Narazaki 169). Blair, Toledo Cat. 1936, No. 12. Cf. also MFA Boston no. 50.2873; Art Institute of Chicago, no. 1990.607.615; Smithsonian (Freer/Sackler), no. S2003.8.727; Chazen Museum of Art, no. 1984.238; MAK Vienna no. KI 13612-8; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, no. JP200700018000; Edo-Tokyo Museum, no. 93202356. Transcribed as Umagome in Brown, Magome is the more common reading of the location.