Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932

by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

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Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Original Hasui (1883 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932

Series; Selected Views of the Tokaido Road
Fuji Arts' Winter Shin-hanga Exhibition

Kawase Hasui (1883 - 1957) - Born in Tokyo in 1883, this great master of the twentieth-century shin hanga (new prints) school spent most of his adult life as a woodblock printmaker. Unlike earlier ukiyo-e artists whose landscapes typically featured famous sites, Hasui was one of the first artists to record the unknown rural places and urban corners that he found so captivating. He traveled often and recorded the scenic wonders of Japan with drawings and watercolor paintings, which became the basis for many of his prints.

In the face of rapid modernization during the twentieth century, Hasui's prints evoke a sense of nostalgia for old Japan and a respect for traditional culture. His romanticized views emphasize the beauty of the natural landscape; figures are absent or often small and insignificant in comparison. His talent for capturing a mood, illustrating a scene, and drawing the viewer into the image makes for some of the most appealing Japanese woodblocks ever created. Hasui was known for his spectacular snow, rain and night scenes. These wonderful atmospheric landscapes are among his best work.

A prolific artist, Hasui created about six hundred woodblock print designs during his long career, the majority of them for publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. In 1953 the Japanese government bestowed its greatest artistic honor on him by commissioning a print, Snow at Zozoji Temple, and designating it as an Intangible Cultural Treasure.

Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932 - Atmospheric view of a rainy night at Maekawa in Sagami Province. A single figure under an umbrella makes his way along the street under a steady rain. Reflected light from the windows of the houses lining the road shimmers on the pavement. A handsome, lifetime printing, published by Watanabe with 6 mm seal at lower right.

Signed - Hasui with red artist's seal "Kawase"
Publisher - Watanabe, with 6 mm seal at lower right, in use 1946 - 1947

Artist - Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Drying holes at left corner. A few tiny spots in margin, a couple small creases at edges. Please see photos for details.

Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)