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Evening Rain in Kawarago


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Evening Rain in Kawarago

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1947

IHL Cat. #4

About This Print

Note difference in color use between Catalogue Raisonné print and print in my collection.  The green tint emotes an even more isolated feeling of this scene.

Catalog Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 122.


Town of Kawarago today
Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
  504 Evening rain in Kawarago
(Kawarago no yau)
  Work of 1947
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal A)
Kawarago is in Hitachi city, Ibaraki prefecture

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #4
 Title  Evening Rain in Kawarago
 河原子の夜雨 Kawarago no yau
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal  Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date  1947
 Edition  Likely first edition with publishers 6mm round, "A"-type seal, printed in red in lower left corner of image. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō
Watanabe "A"-type seal (in use from approximately 1918-1924 and 1945-1957)
reading (in Katakana): 
ワタナベ Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - small scratch in boat image; five minor mounting remnants on verso
 Miscellaneous  This impression was printed with a greenish tint as opposed to the more usuall bluish tint impression evident in the catalog raisonné image below.
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15 x 10 3/8 in. (38.1 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image  13 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (35.2 x 24.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art M.73.37.234 (unspecified edition with no seal visible on print image); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 50.2857 (unspecified edition with no seal visible on print image); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-127 (unspecified edition with 6mm "A" type seal visible in lower right corner of print image.)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown; Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, ISBN: 9074822460, p.122, pl. 504; Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries: The Shin Hanga (New Print) Movement in Landscape Art, Irwin J. Patcher, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, 1986, p. 77, pl. 95; Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, Kendall H. Brown, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 123, pl. 87