Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Evening Snow at Terajima Village"
|Title||Evening Snow at Terajima Village|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Twenty Views of Tokyo|
|Edition||First and only.|
|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.