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Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Pier at Otaru"

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Catalog ID A2842
Artist Kawase Hasui
Title Pier at Otaru
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern Japan
Edition First
Date 1933
Publisher S. Watanabe Color Print Co.
Reference No Hotei #297
Size 15 x 10 -1/4 "
Condition Fine, with fresh colors.

Notes: Faint rubbing in lower margin.

Narazaki asserts, 'Striking is the movement of the lights on the ferry landing as they flicker on the rippling water. The two men engaged in conversation, one wearing a traditional happi coat, the other a western-style overcoat, inspire the mood of the scene. The elimination of the middle ground and the contrast of the fore- and background is a new direction in Hasui's work. - Hotei Vol. 1; pg. 94-95.

Hasui stated, "It is almost October in Hokkaido and an unbearable sadness lingers in the traveler's mind. The lonely lights of the boats flicker under the floating evening clouds after a light rain.

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