Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Kude Beach, Wakasa (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Kude Beach, Wakasa (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Souvenirs of Travel, First Series|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Hotei #18|
|Size||15 -1/4 x 10 -1/2 "|
Notes: A rare pre-earthquake design, displaying near mint qualities. Hasui himself noted that, "Because I stopped along the way to sketch, I was able to take in the dazzlingly beautiful sunset".
'Hasui began working on this (Souvenirs of Travel) series in the summer of 1919, and it was completed in the autumn of the following year. Each design was based on the sketches that Hasui had made during his travels from Sendai to Kanazawa. Hasui apparently enjoyed traveling, particularly when unplanned, and during his lifetime he journeyed extensively throughout Japan. While Hasui is no doubt indebted to the Ukiyo-e tradition of landscape prints as seen in the works by print designers such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hasui has nevertheless developed his own style in the treatment of the overall composition and in the color harmonies. As a result, this series marked an important point in Hasui's evolution as a landscape artist'. - The New Wave; pg. 142
Kude Beach (in Fukui Prefecture) is just two ri (8 kms) from Obama on the way to Maizuru. Anyone viewing this scene from the slightly elevated road would undoubtedly sing its praises.