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Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Evening Snow at Terajima Village"

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Catalog ID A2389
Artist Kawase Hasui
Title Evening Snow at Terajima Village
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Twenty Views of Tokyo
Edition First and only.
Date Winter, 1920
Publisher S. Watanabe Print Co.
Reference No Hotei #35 (full page)
Size 15 1/2 x 10 -1/4 "
Condition Mint, with superb colors.

Notes: A near pristine example; never framed or displayed. Removed from the original S. Watanabe Color Print Co. studio folder. Printed on deluxe paper (heavier paper stock). A superb pre-earthquake print and one of Hasui's early masterpieces that depict snow.

'A long, gentle slope, two or three dim lights, even the row of houses is interesting. There is a ditch on the opposite side of the road. People seldom walk on the road because of the heavy snow, which here gradually darkens into a light purple. This is the village of Terajima in Mukojima. There are a few telephone poles and lights are just beginning to appear in the houses in the distance. I felt that Kiyomoto school degatari [the appearance on the Kabuki stage of narrative musicians] related to this view, so I began to draw the picture while contemplating a scene from a sewa kyogen [one type of kyogen theatre] by Kawatake Mokuami (1816-93). Mukojima is today part of Tokyo's Sumida ward'. - Hotei Vol. 1; pg. 56-57.

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