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Kawase Hasui, Japanese, (1883–1957)
Moon at Magome, 1930
Ink on Paper
14 5/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. (363.54 mm x 239.71 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.96

Alternate Title: Tokyo nijikkei: Magome no tsuki
Full Title: Twenty Views of Tokyo: Moon at Magome

Following in the tradition of Hokusai and Hiroshige, who were famous for their numbered series of landscape prints, Kawase Hasui created his own from 1925 to 1930, including Twenty Views of Tokyo. Here, in this serene portrayal of Magome, he depicts towering, ancient pine trees against a deep indigo evening sky. From behind the trees, the full moon softly illuminates wispy bands of clouds, its radiance is echoed at the lower right by the warm light shining from the small window of a farmhouse. The trees themselves seem like guardians of the serenity, protectors of the peace.

- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021

Japanese text along left edge, bottom. Along lower edge in pencil: "Moon Sight, 1930, Hassai;" On mat in pencil: "Kawase Hasui Moon 1930 Bailey Collection VI 14;" Label on verso, lower right: Bai VI 14. Signed: Hasui.

Colored ink on paper, very blue in tone. Woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print of a tree at night-time, in blue and black tones.

Watanabe Shozaburo.

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