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Snow at Hi Marsh, Mito

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Snow at Hi Marsh, Mito

by Kawase Hasui, 1947

IHL Cat. #1

About This Print

Snow at Hi Marsh, Mito is the first Japanese woodblock print I acquired.  I purchased it at Frank Castle's San Francisco gallery, Castle Fine Arts.  I remember spending a wonderful hour looking at the prints in the gallery and speaking with Frank and his wife about Hasui prints and the various editions.  This print is one of the posthumous Heisei editions (1989 to present). [See "Watanabe Publishing Seals" under Watanabe Shozaburo (Publisher) (1885-1962).] Frank told me of a customer who was buying Heisei editions to display in place of more expensive "orginal editions."

What drew me to this image was a memory of recurring snow-themed dreams that left me feeling calm and fulfilled.

Photo of Hi Marsh and Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 121.

 
Hanuma (Hi) Marsh
 
Catalogue Raisonné:
 Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints
Snow at Hi marsh, Mito
(Mito Hinuma no yuki)

  Work of 1947
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal A)
Hi Marsh is south of Mito in Ibaraki prefecture.
(Catalog
Raisonné #496)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1
 Title  Snow at Hi Marsh, Mito
 水戸 涸沼の雪 Mito hinuma no yuki
 Series  
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 496 (as listed in the Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints)
 Artist
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
 Signature
 Hasui
 Seal  Kawase
 Publication Date  1947 (original publication)
 Edition  Posthumous printing from original woodblocks with publisher's circular 7mm "I"-type seal printed in black in lower left corner of image and Heisei "M"-type seal printed in red in lower right margin, indicating a printing after 1989. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
 Publisher  Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Watanabe "I"-type seal (in use from approximately 1957-present) reading (in Katakana): 
 
ワタナベ Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Watanabe "M"-type seal (in use from approximately 1989-present) reading (in  kana): 
 わたなべ Watanabe
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  
 Genre  shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  10 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (26.7 x 39.4 cm)
 H x W Image  9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.73.37.240 (6mm seal lower right corner); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-129 (6mm seal lower right corner; titled Lake Hinuma, Mito in Snow)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 543, pl. 496
Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries: The Shin Hanga (New Print) Movement in Landscape Art, Irwin J. Patcher, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, 1986, p. 75, pl. 94
Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, Kendall H. Brown, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 121, pl. 85

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