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Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Moon at Umagome"

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Catalog ID A2843
Artist Kawase Hasui
Title Moon at Umagome
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Twenty Views of Tokyo
Edition S. Watanabe Seal
Date 1930
Publisher S. Watanabe Color Print Co.
Reference No Hotei #165
Size 15 -1/2 x 10 -1/4 "
Condition Very fine.

Notes: This design was used for the cover image of the Hotei catalog: Kawase Hasui - The Complete Woodblock Prints.

Narazaki notes: "This scene conveys the rustic 'poetic' charm of Umagome, the area where Hasui lived. A scene after a rain, the trunks of a few ancient pines are magnified, a clear, full moon is spied through their branches - the entire picture is conceived as if the dark blue sky and land are one. A light shines in the window of a thatch-roofed farmhouse. The contrast between the light of the circular moon and that of the small rectangular window is skillful indeed.

This work is generally acknowledged as a masterpiece among the artist's nocturnal scenes.

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