Hasui: Moon over the Arakawa River
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Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

A quiet full moon night on the river Arakawa. A woman with a child on her back is walking towards a solitary house on the riverbank.

Title: Arakawa no tsuki (Akabane) - (Moon over the Arakawa River in Akabane)

Series: Tôkyô nijûkei (Twenty views of Tokyo)

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

Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô, Tokyo (Hanmoto Watanabe Hangaten, seal Hotei C)

Date: Shôwa 4 (1929)

Size: Vertical Ôban, 36,2 x 23,8 cm (image)

Fine early impression, with excellent colours and strong relief printing in the clouds, with visible wood-grain. With the rarely seen series title in left margin.
Paper unevenly age-toned. Verso at top a horizontal browned zone, about 4 cms wide, lightly visible from the front. In top margin a short tear and paper loss, in right bottom corner a small missing part restored. Two usual small drying holes in the left margin. Overall good condition of this lovely tranquil night scene in rare early state.

Hotei no. 159 (Narazaki 162). Blair, Toledo Cat. 1936, no. 7. Cf. also MFA Boston no. 50.269; Smithsonian (Freer/Sackler), no. S2003.8.706; Tokyo Museum Coll. No. 90203137 (Edo-Tokyo Museum, with series title); Art Institute of Chicago, No. 1990.607.617; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, No. 1963.30.3083; National Museum of Modern Art, Toyko, No. P00138-053.