Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Clearing after a Snowfall, Yoshida (Dai-Oban Format)"
|Title||Clearing after a Snowfall, Yoshida (Dai-Oban Format)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||S. Watanabe Seal|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Hotei #471a|
|Size||20 x 14 -1/4 " (Dai-Oban Format)|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: Not to distract the viewer from the design, the S. Watanabe 6mm circular seal is exquisitely placed within the house to the far left.
"Narazaki believes, 'A painterly feel is seen in the detailed illustration of the trees in the snow. There are two figures of an old man and a child. When it was published, this work received public acclaim and substantial numbered were sold. At the time prints normally sold for three yen, but because this work was a toku-oban [special or oversized oban format] it went for eight yen". - Hotei Vol.1, pg.119
During wartime, the shin-hanga movement declined as the military government tightened its control over the arts and culture. In 1939, the Army Art Association was established under the patronage of the Army Information Section to promote war art exclusively. By 1943, an official commission for war painting was set up and artists’ materials were rationed. Overseas market for Japanese prints declined drastically at the same time, causing less interest and fewer prints being produced during this period.
Provenance: The collection was initially purchased directly from S. Watanabe print shop in the mid-1940's and has always been properly stored away in a single collection. The majority of the works showcase rarely seen MINT colors; several far exceeding numerous examples seen in prior collections.