Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Snow at Zojoji Temple (Dai-Oban Format)"
|Title||Snow at Zojoji Temple (Dai-Oban Format)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Hotei #592|
|Size||14 -1/2 x 19 " (Dai-Oban Format)|
|Condition||Mint, with superb colors.|
Notes: According to Narazaki, 'Hasui was commissioned this snowscape of the Zojo temple in response to the designation of the woodblock print technique as a intangible cultural asset (mukei bunkazai). The block-cutting was undertaken by Sato Jurokichi, then the foremost among all living block-cutters. The printer was Ono Gintaro, who had been studying the woodblock medium with Hasui for over thirty-six years since he printed the artist's debut work, 'Okane Road, Shiobara', Cat. #1] in 1919. Both men devoted a great deal of energy to the production of this work.
It is a snowy day: in a lonely, quiet scene, two or three people wait for a train that seems never to come in the background is the vermilion Sanmon [main gate] of the Zojo temple, a symbol of the old Japan. The distinctive technical features include the illustration of the snowflakes, created by repeated over-printing (more than forty times), and the block-cutting of the detailed wooden architectural framework of the multi-stored temple building'. - Hotei Vol. 1; pg. 132-133
This rare 1950s design, is one of the scarcest and highly sought-after images from the final period of Hasui's career.