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Night at Shinobazu Pond


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Night at Shinobazu Pond

by Kawase Hasui, 1932

IHL Cat. #3

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 92.

Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
278 Night at Shinobazu pond
[Yoro no chihan (Showa shichinen shigatsu saku)]
Work of  April 1932
Publisher: Doi Sadaichi
Hasui signature with Kawase seal
The Shinobazu pond is in Tokyo

Shinobazu Pond Today
Source: http://www.tokyoessentials.com/ueno.html
Shinobazu Pond dominates the southwestern side of Ueno. Today Shinobazu Pond is famous for lotuses, but in the past it nearly didn't survive at all. Just after World War II it was turned into a field for growing vegetables. Then, when that was no longer needed, rather than have it re-instated, many businessmen felt a carpark or baseball stadium would be better. Needless to say, the water was put back in, in 1949. A few years later however, out it came again. But this time the cause was a hole. The hole was accidentally drilled through the bottom during the construction of a new subway line

Shinobazu Pond today


Source: Ukiyo-e Gallery website article "Doi Hangaten: A Meeting with Mrs. Suzue Doi" (Tokyo, March 2000)by Andreas Grund http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/doiinterview.htm

"By the way, I remember a story my husband told me about Hasui. When Hasui made the drawings for the print Night at Shinobazu Pond, which Sadaichi had ordered from Hasui, it took him a long time and many attempts until we accepted the draft" - Mrs. Suzue Doi, wife of publisher.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #3
 Title  Night at Shinobazu Pond
 夜の池畔(不忍池)Yoro no chihan (Shinobazunoike)
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 278 (as listed in the Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints)
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
 Seal  Kawase
 Publication Date  1932 original publication date.  This print later edition. 
 Edition  Likely a posthumous edition issued 1965 - 1995. 
 Publisher  Doi Teiichi (copyright and publisher's seal left margin)
 Carver  Harada
 Printer  Seki (worked for Doi from 1965 to 1995)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - penciled Japanese characters top margin
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image  11 x 15 3/4 in. (27.9 x 40 cm)
 Collections  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.2003.67.97 (notation of "later edition"); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 35.1886 (first edition)
 Reference Literature
Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, pl.278; Hanga ni miru Tokyo no fukei; Kanto daishinsai kara senzen made, Ota Kuritsu Kyodo Hakubutsukan, 2002, pl. 209, p. 53.