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Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Kude Beach, Wakasa (Pre-Earthquake)"

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Catalog ID A2902
Artist Kawase Hasui
Title Kude Beach, Wakasa (Pre-Earthquake)
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Souvenirs of Travel, First Series
Edition First and only.
Date Summer, 1920
Publisher S. Watanabe Color Print Co.
Reference No Hotei #18
Size 15 -1/4 x 10 -1/2 "
Condition Very fine.
Price $14000.00
Shipping (US) $45.00
Shipping (Non-US) $95.00

Notes: A rare pre-earthquake design, displaying near mint qualities. Hasui himself noted that, "Because I stopped along the way to sketch, I was able to take in the dazzlingly beautiful sunset".

'Hasui began working on this (Souvenirs of Travel) series in the summer of 1919, and it was completed in the autumn of the following year. Each design was based on the sketches that Hasui had made during his travels from Sendai to Kanazawa. Hasui apparently enjoyed traveling, particularly when unplanned, and during his lifetime he journeyed extensively throughout Japan. While Hasui is no doubt indebted to the Ukiyo-e tradition of landscape prints as seen in the works by print designers such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Hasui has nevertheless developed his own style in the treatment of the overall composition and in the color harmonies. As a result, this series marked an important point in Hasui's evolution as a landscape artist'. - The New Wave; pg. 142

Kude Beach (in Fukui Prefecture) is just two ri (8 kms) from Obama on the way to Maizuru. Anyone viewing this scene from the slightly elevated road would undoubtedly sing its praises.