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Distant View of Shijo in the Early Morning

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Distant View of Shijo in the Early Morning

by Asano Takeji, 1931

IHL Cat. #718

About This Print

A view of the Kanda River in the Shijo area of Kyoto in the early morning with no one about.  Tea houses stretch along the river on the right and a tall modern building, possibly still in existence (as can be seen in the below photo), is shown on the right beyond one of the Kandagawa's bridges.  One of Asano's sosaku hanga works of the 1930s of views in and around Kyoto.  A 1934 dated edition is shown below for comparison, but this collection's print is earlier, dated Showa 6 (1931) in the right column.

Contemporary photo - looking north from Kyoto's Great Sanjo Bridge
with tea houses along the banks of the Kamogawa-River

Later 1934 Impression

1934 edition, dated Showa 9, 3rd month, 2nd day in the right column.
Note print title has been moved to center of bottom margin and artist's signature now appears in right corner

The Untitled Views of Kyoto Series

One of at least eight prints created by Asano in the early 1930s using a similar format [similar margin notations, title formats, signatures (generally "Takeji ga tō" in image and "Takeji suri" in margin) and paper size] showing views in and around Kyoto. 

Moonlit Night at the Museum,
January 16th?, 1932
IHL Cat. #717

Biwako canal in early summer
May 28, 1931
Saru Gallery

Cherry Blossoms at Maruyama Park

(Maruyama Yozakura)
May 5, 1934

Light snow at Demachi district
Demachi Awayuki)
February 2, 1934
Doshisha Ugo
(After Rain at Doshisha University)
July 1931

 Sunset Glow at Kyobashi Bridge
in Fushimi Kyoto (Fushimi Kyobashi Yubae), 1932

Kawaracho District in the Morning

(Kawaracho Akegata Kosame)
c. 1931 (print not dated)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #718
 Title or Description Distant View of Shijo in the Early Morning  ( Asagata Shijo Enbō 朝方四条遠望)
 Series Untitled series showing views of Kyoto
 Asano Takeji (1900-1999)
 Takeji ga tō in image
 Takeji suri in right margin
artist's "asano" seal in right margin

 Publication Date 1931 (昭和 六 - Showa 6 in right margin)
 Edition likely first edition
 Publisher  artist
 Carver likely self-carved
 Printer likely self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - foxing throughout, primarily visible in sky; light toning; 4 pin-holes in image
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 10 1/8 x 13 1/4 in. (25.7 x 33.7 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (22.2 x 32.4 cm)
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