Original Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Japanese Woodblock Print
Kegon Falls, Nikko
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.
Fantastic view of the Kegon waterfall at Nikko, the water rushing dramatically over a rocky cliff. The richly colored autumn foliage provides a lovely contrast with the muted grays of the mountainside, with a few red leaves drifting down across the sky. A striking design.
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
9 3/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Excellent overall with no issues to report.