Kawase Hasui: Sailing at sunset at Katada, Omi
Japan, Showa period, 1930s
Postcard sized colour woodblock print, ink and colour on paper, undated, 1930s, published by Watanabe and printed from the first edition blocks, 11.5 x 16.5 cm, very fine condition, no flaws, uncirculated condition with fine impression, good registration and key lines, printed from the first edition wood blocks. Colour is fine, deep saturated colour and bleed
View from Katada, Omi, ship sailing at sunset.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the 20th century. His prints, produced under the guidance and stern eye of his publisher, Watanabe Shozaburo, the key figure in the shin hanga movement ('new prints'), are the modern continuation of the unforgettable works by Hiroshige and Hokusai. Watanabe produced small prints in three different formats: octavo, postcard and koban. Collectively they are referred to as Hasui's postcard prints. They were marketed first in Watanabe's 1931 sales catalog. All of the postcard sized prints were unsigned and carry only the Hasui 9 or 10 seals (as found in Appendix III of Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints.) Generally they do not bear the Watanabe seal.