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Toro, Kishu from the series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai edition

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Toro, Kishu

from the series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai edition

by Kawase Hasui, 1943


IHL Cat. #70

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. 339.


Toro (Doro) Ravine

Source: Japan National Tourism Organization website
The Doro-kyo Valley is situated in the eastern Wakayama
at the border with Nara and Mie. It is a collective term for
the 31-kilometer-long ravines along the Kitayama-gawa
River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River in the
Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The valley was formed
by erosion on the slates and sandstones. It is separated
into Shimo-Doro, Kami-Doro and Oku-Doro from the
downstream. Shimo-Doro, also known as Shimo-Hatcho,
has the best scenic beauty
and is designated as the
precious natural monument.

Doro-Hatcho is a 1.2-kilometer-long ravine that stretches
from Tamaoki-guchi in Kumano-gawa Town, Wakayama to
Tado in Totsukawa Village, Nara. Sheer cliffs rise on both
sides offering scenic views of gigantic rocks and oddly
shaped rocks.
 
Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
339 Toro, Kishu
Series: Collection of scenic views of Japan II,
Kansai edition
Work of 1943
    Block-cutter: Ono Gintaro
    Hasui signature with Kawase seal
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo (seal H)
(N 245)
Kishi (Kii) province region corresponds to present-day Wak
ayama prefecture.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #70
 Title  Toro, Kishu
 Series  Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai edition 
 日本風景集 関西篇 Nihon fūkei shū II Kansai hen
 Catalogue Raisonné  Number 339 (as listed in the Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints)
 Artist
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
 Signature
 Hasui
 Seal  Kawase
 Publication Date  1943 original publication date. 
 Edition  Possibly a first edition based upon presence of 6mm round "A"-type Watanabe publisher seal in lower left corner of image. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
 Publisher  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 - two pin holes top margin; minor ink offsetting lower left margin; notion verso in pencil "Doro in Kishu (Shikoku) by Hasui"
 Miscellaneous  "Toro" is often written "Doro" in english.  The Doro-kyo Valley is situated in the eastern Wakayama at the border with Nara and Mie. It is a collective term for the 31-kilometer-long ravines along the Kitayama-gawa River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park.
 Genre  shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  10 3/8 x 15 3/8 in. (26.4 x 39.1 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.73.37.224 (6mm seal); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 1960, P00138-049 (unspecified edition but print shown has 6mm publisher’s seal); The Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution S2003.8.915
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, pl.339
Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, Kendall H. Brown, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 116, pl. 80

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