Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Clearing after a Snowfall, Yoshida"
|Title||Clearing after a Snowfall, Yoshida|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||First - Ono Gintaro (Seal A)|
|Reference No||Hotei #471b|
|Size||20 x 14 -1/4 " (Large dai-oban format)|
Notes: A seldom seen state, not shown in Hotei. The seal of the printer, Ono Gintaro (Seal A) in the lower right margin. S. Watanabe publisher's 6mm seal in lower right corner of design. Unpublished seal variant, not illustrated in Hotei.
For cataloging purposes, we list this impression as: #471b. The printer, Ono Gintaro was in charge of the Watanabe shop in Tokyo during the bombing raids by the allied forces during the latter period of WWII. He included his publisher's seal on each print completed during this span.
During wartime, the shin-hanga movement declined as the military government tightened it's control over the arts and culture. In 1939, the Army Art Association was established under the patronage of the Army Information Section to promote war art exclusively. By 1943, an official commission for war painting was set up and artists’ materials were rationed. Overseas market for Japanese prints declined drastically at the same time, causing less interest and fewer prints being produced during this period.
"Narazaki believes that, 'A painterly feel is seen in the detailed illustration of the trees in the snow. There are two figures of an old man and a child. When it was published, this work received public acclaim and substantial numbered were sold. At the time prints normally sold for three yen, but because this work was a toku-oban [special or oversized oban format] it went for eight yen". - Hotei Vol.1, pg.119