Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Dusk at Ushibori (Limited Edition)"
|Title||Dusk at Ushibori (Limited Edition)|
|Medium||Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||Kawaguchi & Sakai|
|Reference No||Hotei #212|
|Size||17 x 12 "|
Notes: Limitation seal on the reverse. "Made in Japan", stamped on the reverse. Copyright seal in lower right margin. Seal of printer (Komatsu) and carver (Maeda) in lower left margin.
This is one of sixteen Hasui designs produced jointly by the Tokyo publishers Sakai-Kawaguchi in a limited edition printing. The overall quality of the joint publication was extremely high. Compared to prints issued by Watanabe Shozaburo, those of Sakai-Kawaguchi were typified by the use of a heavier, more absorbent paper, which was often larger in size, affording greater margins.
Hasui's collaboration with publishers other than Watanabe such as Sakai and Kawaguchi occurred from 1929 to 1932. It has often been speculated that the principal reason for Hasui's association with other publishers seem to have been economic. At this time, Hasui was building a new house in Magome and the extra expenses incurred him to look for additional income". - The New Wave; pg. 146
PROVENANCE: Purchased directly from the "Robert Lee Gallery". Red limitation stamp on reverse.
In 1940, Robert Muller purchased the inventory of the Shima Art Company in New York. Muller retained the manager, William Lee, and renamed the business, the Robert Lee Gallery. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the joint venture was closed after just two years.