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The Nikko Highway


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Nikko Highway

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1930

IHL Cat. #68

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 83.
The Nikko highway or “Nikkokaido” was one of the five highways(gokaido) that began from the Nihonbashi in Edo (present-day Tokyo); itran north-south from Nihonbashi to Nikko.  The other highways includedthe Tokaido, Nakasendo, Koshukaido and Oshukaido.  The segment of theNikkokaido illustrated here is in Tochigi Prefecture.

Cryptomeria Avenue (Nikko Highway)
More than 14,000 cryptomeria were planted over a 20-year period alongthe avenues to the Toshogu Shrine by order of Matsudaira Masatsuna.

 Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
 211 The Nikko Highway
  Work of 1930
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal B)
Artist's Watercolor
from Catalog Raisonné

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source: Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, TheToledo Art Museum 1997 (Printed from a photographic reproduction of twoexhibition catalogues of modern Japanese prints published by The ToledoMuseum of Art in 1930 and 1936)
One of the avenues leading to thefamous shrines at Nikko, bordered with huge cryptomeria trees; in theforeground a workman carrying a basked for leaves.  145/16 x 9 3/8. 
SignedHasui; red seal, decorative form only.  Left margin: the Japanesetitle; and the date, “Showa Go Nen Saku” (Made in the 5th Year of Showa(1930).  Right margin: copyright stamp of the publisher, Watanabe ofTokyo.  Blocks, 20; superimposed printings, 25; edition, 100.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #68
 Title The Nikko Highway
 日光街道 (Nikkō gaidō)
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date 1930 original publication date
 Edition Lifetime impression with 6mm round "A"-type Watanabe publisher seal indicating post WWII printing. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
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 - minor ink offsetting right margin; pinhole top left margin; pencil notation bottom margin "Nikko Hasui Kawase"
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (39 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 9 3/8 x in. (36.2 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print Los Angeles County Museum ofArt M.2003.67.110 (later edition with 6mm seal); Museum of Fine Arts,Boston 50.2852 (unspecified edition but print shown has 6mm round publisher’sseal); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-068 (unspecifiededition but print shown has 6mm publisher’s seal); Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon MWJ51:K15 (seal not readable)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p.83, pl.211
Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries: The Shin Hanga (NewPrint) Movement in Landscape Art, Irwin J.Patcher, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse,1986, p. 59, pl. 54
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