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


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Toro, Kishū

from the series

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai edition

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1943

IHL Cat. #70

About This Print

CatalogueRaisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete WoodblockPrints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 339.

Toro (Doro) Ravine

Source: Japan National Tourism Organization website
TheDoro-kyo Valley is situated in the eastern Wakayama
at the border withNara and Mie. It is a collective term for
the 31-kilometer-long ravinesalong the Kitayama-gawa
River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River inthe
Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The valley was formed
by erosion onthe slates and sandstones. It is separated
into Shimo-Doro, Kami-Doroand Oku-Doro from the
downstream. Shimo-Doro, also known asShimo-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
fromTamaoki-guchi in Kumano-gawa Town, Wakayama to
Tado in TotsukawaVillage, Nara. Sheer cliffs rise on both
sides offering scenic views ofgigantic 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, Kishū
 Series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai edition 
 日本風景集 関西篇 Nihon fūkei shū II Kansai hen
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 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")
 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 theeastern Wakayama at the border with Nara and Mie. It is a collectiveterm for the 31-kilometer-long ravines along the Kitayama-gawa River, atributary of the Kumano-gawa River in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park.
 Genre shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban 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 National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution S2003.8.915
 Reference LiteratureCatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 102, pl.339; Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, Kendall H. Brown, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 116, pl. 80
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