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KAWASE HASUI: MATSUSHIMA, FUTAGOJIMA By Kawase...

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KAWASE HASUI: MATSUSHIMA, FUTAGOJIMA By Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), signed Hasui with seal Kawase Japan, dated December 1933 Color woodblock print on paper. Vertical oban. Signed Hasui with seal Kawase, censor’s seal: black 6mm Watanabe; publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Title Matsushima Futagojima (Futago Island, Matsushima), from the series Nihon fukei shu higashi Nihon hen (Collected Views of Japan, Eastern Japan Edition). Illustrating the Futago Island bathed in moonlight. SIZE of the sheet 38.6 x 26 cm Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and only slight fading of colors. Very good impression. Minor creasing along the bottom-right edge, mounting holes to the outer-top margin. Slight smudging along the outer edges. Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was a prominent Japanese artist and printmaker of the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement, which focused on traditional techniques and subject matter. He is best known for his landscape prints depicting scenes of Japan, which were highly detailed and often captured the beauty and tranquility of the country's natural landscapes. Hasui's works were characterized by their delicate colors and sophisticated composition, and his legacy as a master of shin-hanga continues to influence Japanese art and culture today. Auction comparison: Compare a closely related print, bearing the same publisher’s seal, at Zacke, Fine Japanese Art, 4 June 2021, Vienna, lot 281 ( sold for EUR 3,792).