Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "The Miyajima Shrine in Snow"
|Title||The Miyajima Shrine in Snow|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Hotei #371|
|Size||10 -1/4 x 14 -3/4 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: Commissioned by the Japanese Railway Ministry for use on a poster, few examples have survived, and very fine examples like this one are scarce. The inscription on the bottom margin reads: "The Miyajima Shrine in Snow", Artist - Kawase Hasui. Wood-cut Printing by S. Watanabe, in Tokyo.
This joint project with the International Tourist Board is the first attempt to reproduce an actual woodblock print as a mass-produced poster. Due to his popularity, Hasui was one of a select few artists to be given an important position in international advertising of national policy. Because Hasui had already established a record of overseas sales, he was eminently suitable for such assignments. - Water and Shadow; pg. 45