Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Moon at Umagome"
|Title||Moon at Umagome|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Twenty Views of Tokyo|
|Edition||S. Watanabe Seal|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Hotei #165|
|Size||15 -1/2 x 10 -1/2 "|
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.