Hasui, Kawase (1883 - 1957), "Kegon Waterfall at Nikko (First State)"
|Title||Kegon Waterfall at Nikko (First State)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Collection of Ukiyo-e Designs|
|Edition||First State; Rumi Seal|
|Reference No||Hotei #170|
|Size||15 -1/4 x 10 -1/2 "|
|Condition||Mint, with superb colors.|
Notes: A remarkable example, showcasing near mint qualities throughout. The Bijutsusha publisher seal is written in hiragana and reads "rumi"; lower right within the design. Offered in the original Bijutsusha studio folder; never framed or displayed.
The one-hundred meter high Kegon falls is part of the Nikko National Park and is located near Lake Chuzenji. The brilliant autumnal foliage attracts a large number of tourists, no doubt a reason for Hasui's depiction of the falls at this time of the year.
In the late 1920s, the Bijutsusha Publishing Co. released the series titled, Ukiyo-e monyo shu (Collection of Ukiyo-e Designs), which contained eight landscape prints by Kawase Hasui (Hotei #170-77). According to Narazaki, this set was issued by the Bijutsusha firm in Yotsuya, Tokyo, not to be confused with the Kansai Bijutsusha in Osaka.