Moon at Matsushima

by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

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Moon at Matsushima by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Original Hasui (1883 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
Moon at Matsushima

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. 

Moon at Matsushima - Fantastic Hiroshige view of a luminous full moon at Matsushima high above a rocky arched formation topped with pines. The rugged rocks and the moon are beautifully reflected in the shimmering water below, with faint ripples stirring the quiet surface. Superbly colored with masterful bokashi shading creating soft gradations of color. A fantastic Hasui night scene..

Artist - Hasui (1883 - 1957)

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

Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.

Moon at Matsushima by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Moon at Matsushima by Hasui (1883 - 1957)