Original Hasui (1883 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Twelve Scenes of Famous Places
Lovely print from a series of twelve landscape views originally designed by Hasui for the Haibara paper shop in the 1930s. The Tokyo publisher Kato Junji acquired the rights to the designs in 1935 and printed them in a limited edition of 300 sets. Luckily, the blocks survived WWII and were later discovered in the family warehouse of Takahashi Harumasa IV, who was the original printer for the series. In 1988, the Takahashi family received permission from Hasui's daughter to produce a second edition of 200 by the publisher Ayumi shuppan, printed from the original blocks with slight modifications. These beautiful second edition prints faithfully reproduce the subdued colors and fine bokashi shading of the first edition. Since first edition woodblocks from the series are extremely rare, these great second edition designs are a wonderful option.
Beautiful image of Lake Towada in Aomori prefecture, the single white sail of a boat reflected in the serene blue water. Cliffs rise high above the water with tawny stone framed by heavy green foliage. Puffy clouds shaded in soft gray frame the clear sky. A striking composition.
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
9 3/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Excellent overall with no issues to report.