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Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada from the series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada

from the series

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern

by Kawase Hasui, 1933

IHL Cat. #32

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. 94.
Narazaki1 explains that Hasui depicted the picturesque scenery of Senjo cliff before.  In this example he illustrates a foreground tree, its wizened leaves turning yellowish and falling, even thought it is still early autumn.  Opposite is the bizarrely shaped cliff at Senjo, hemmed with autumnal foliage.  The surface of the lake is serene, the reflection of the Senjo cliff on the water, upon which a single white-sailed boat is afloat, is effective. There are two versions of this picture.  The darker version illustrated here might be better in terms of the contrast between near and far.  This piece was sketched on 28 October 1932, produced in December and published in January 1933.

1 Narazaki Muneshige, Hasui's biographer and compiler of the artist's first catalogue raisoneeé Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shuMainichi Shinbun, Tokyo, 1979. 

Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
239 Senjo cliff, Lake Towada
Series: Collection of scenic views of Japan, eastern
(Nihon fukei shu higashi Nihon hen, Towadako Senjomaku)
Work of January 1933
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal D)

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source: Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum 1997 (Printed from a photographic reproduction of two exhibition catalogues of modern Japanese prints published by The Toledo Museum of Art in 1930 and 1936)
Autumn scene in northern Japan.  14 1/4” x 9 7/16”.  Signed, Hasui; red seal, decorative form only.  Right margin: the Japanese title; and the date, “Showa Hachi Ne Ichi Gatsu Saku” (Made in the 1st Month of the 8th Year of Showa [January 1933]).  Left margin: copyright stamp of the publisher, Watanabe of Tokyo.  Blocks 20; superimposed printings, 25; edition, 100.

Lake Towada

Lake Towada is located on the boarder line between Aomori and Akita prefectures. It is a double crater lake and the shape is almost square, with the Mikura and Nakayama peninsula jutting out into the center of the lake. The lake is especially beautiful during the season of fresh greens (spring) and red leaves (autumn).

Lake Towada today

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #32
 Title  Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada
 十和田湖 千丈幕 Tōwada-ko Senjō no maku
 Series  Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern
 日本風景集 東日本篇 Nihon fūkei shū higashi Nihon hen
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal  Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date  January 1933 as printed in Japanese in the lower right margin
 Edition  First edition of 100 prints with "E"-type seal. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō 
Watanabe "E"-type seal (1931-1941) reading:
版権所有不許複製渡邊庄三郎 hankenshoyū fukyofukusei
Watanabe Shōzaburō  copyright reserved, all rights reserved
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - small paper remnants verso top corners where previously tipped to original folio
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (38.7 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/8 x 9 3/8 x in. (35.9 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.73.37.154 (seal D); Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 1963.30.3074  (seal D)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 94, pl.293.
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