Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Two women under their umbrellas on a snowy winter’s day, approaching the main entrance of the Hie shrine in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Heavy snow is falling.
Title: Shatô no yuki (Hie jinja) - (The front side of the Hie shrine in snow)
Seal: Kawase (or Sui)
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô, Tokyo (Seal Hotei D)
Date: Shôwa 6 (1931), New Year's Day
Size: Vertical Ôban, 36 x 24 cm (image size)
Early edition. Excellent impression and colours. Paper slightly age-toned. Two small usual drying hole in left margin. Overall excellent condition. A very lovely and rarely seen snow scene by the artist.
Hotei no. 242 (Narazaki 318). Cf. Smithsonian, Muller Coll., S2003.8.752; cf. also Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Juda Coll., M.73.37.108 and Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), 1990.607.719 (the latter two from a later edition).