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Kyoto Kinkakuji


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kyoto Kinkakuji 京都金閣寺

by Kawase Hasui,  1930-1936

IHL Cat. #1538

About This Print

One of at least 83 small format prints [roughly 3 1/2 x 6 in. (8.5 x 15.6 cm) and often referred to as "postcard size" prints] designed by Hasui for the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962).  This image of Kyoto's Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) in snow has been often reproduced by other publishers without credit to the artist.

This collection's print was taken from the 1936 Watanabe sales catalog titled Catalogue of Wood-cut Color Prints, of S. Watanabe, p. 41, catalogue No. 896. On p. 38 of that catalog the print is titled as "Snow scenery at Kinkakuji (Golden Temple)". [For the entire Watanabe 1936 catalog go to Catalogue of Wood-Cut Colour Prints of S. Watanabe, 1936.]

Postcard size prints were originally offered in Watanabe's 1931 sales catalog.

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 143.
Golden pavillion, Kyoto
(Kyoto Kinkakuji)
Undated (c. 1930s)
Hasui seal
* number assigned by Watanabe in his 1936 sales catalog Catalogue of wood-cut color prints of S. Watanabe.

Kinkakuji (Rokuon-ji)

Source: Website of Welcome to Kyoto http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/en/theme/sites/shrines/w_heritage/13/

Rokuon-ji Temple was originally built as a villa by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who had taken possession of a mountain villa of Saionji Temple in 1397. It was converted into a temple after Yoshimitsu's death. Officially named Rokuonji Temple, this temple is famous both in Japan and abroad as a symbol of Kitayama culture. The Kinkaku, or "Golden Pavilion," was built as the Shariden. Covered with gold, the image of the pavilion, which stands at the edge of Kyokochi pond, is reflected in the water. Major repair work performed in 1987 has further enhanced its brilliance.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1538
Kyoto Kinkakuji
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
 not signed
巴水 Hasui
 Publication Date 1930-1936
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō - not sealed but shown in 1936 Catalogue of Wood-cut Color Prints, of S. Watanabe, p. 41, catalogue No. 896
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight toning; remnants of paper verso left side from previous mounting in the publisher's 1936 catalog.
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format 'postcard'
 H x W Paper 5 7/8 x 3 15/16 in. (14.9 x 10 cm)
 H x W Image 5 11/16 x 3 3/4 in. (14.6 x 9.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Honolulu Museum of Art 28327a.16; Smithsonian Freer/Sackler S2003.8.1011
 Reference LiteratureCatalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p.143, cat. no. Hp-45.
last revision: 9/11/2019