Sarusawa Pond, Nara

by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

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Sarusawa Pond, Nara by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Original Hasui (1883 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sarusawa Pond, Nara

Series; Twelve Scenes of Famous Places

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. 

Sarusawa Pond, Nara - Beautiful view of Sarusawa Pond at Nara at evening, the sky glowing in soft lavender with a single star twinkling high above the pagoda in gray silhouette. A few lights are reflected in the shimmering surface of the water, with bare willow branches framing the scene at right. A lovely Hasui subject, beautifully colored.

Artist - Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Image Size - 9 3/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Sarusawa Pond, Nara by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Sarusawa Pond, Nara by Hasui (1883 - 1957)