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Chūzenji, Utagahama


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Chūzenji, Utagahama

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1931

IHL Cat. #1027

About This Print

A later printing (after WWII but likely before the artist's death in 1957) of the original 1931 print.  This print does not carry a seal of the publisher Watanabe.

Catalog Raisonné Entry
Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock PrintsBrown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 90.
Chūzenji, Utagahama
(Chūzenji Utagahama)
Work of 1931 (Shōwa rokunen saku)
Hasui signature with Kawase seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburō (seal C) (N 326)
Utagahama is on the east side of Lake Chūzenji, near Nikkō
Postcard of Lake Chūzenji from Utagahama c. 1930
Modern view of the lake from Utagahama

The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936
Source: Public Spectacles, Four Centuries of Japanese Prints from a Cincinnati Collection Personal Pleasures, by Alan Hockley, Cincinnati Art Museum, 2006, p. 111.
This design was one of 111 by Hasui that were shown in the second shin hanga exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1936.  Ninety-one of his landscapes were exhibited in 1930.  Hasui's presence in these exhibitions (thirty-two percent of the total prints shown) attests to the popularity of his designs among Western consumers.

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source:  Dorothy Blair, "Modern Japanese Prints,” The Toledo Art Museum 1997 (Printed from a photographic reproduction of two exhibition catalogues of modern Japanese prints published by The Toledo Museum of Art in 1930 and 1936)
Brilliant red torii, or gateway to a tiemple, on the shores of Chuzenji.  14 3/8" x 9 3/8"
Singed, Hasui; red sea, decorative form onl.  Left margin: the Japaneses title; and the date, "Showa Roku Nen Saku" (Made in the 6th Year of Showa [1931]). Right margin: copyright stamp of the publisher, Watanabe of Tokyo.  Blocks, 20; superimposed printings, about 25; edition, 200.

Lake Chūzenji is a scenic lake in Nikkō National Park in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1027
 Title Chūzenji, Utagahama
 中禅寺 歌ヶ浜
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
巴水  Hasui
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date 1931 original date of publication as shown bottom of left margin
 Edition post WWII-1957: A later lifetime edition made from the original blocks with no publisher's seal. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions") 
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - paper creases; staining left margin; printers marks top margin and bottom right margin 
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (39.4 x 26 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This PrintArt Institute of Chicago 1990.607.467 (likely "D" seal); Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art M.73.37.116 (no seal evident, appears to be same printing as this collection's print); The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo P00138-084 (undecipherable "sausage" shaped seal right margin); Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art University of Oregon MWJ51:K22 ("D" seal)
 Reference LiteratureKawase Hasui:The Complete Woodblock Prints, (Catalogue Raisonné),Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 90, pl. 264
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