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Night at Shinobazu Pond


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Night at Shinobazu Pond

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1932

IHL Cat. #3

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete WoodblockPrints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 92.

Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
278 Night at Shinobazu pond
[Yoro no chihan (Showa shichinen shigatsu saku)]
Work of  April 1932
Publisher: Doi Sadaichi
Hasui signature with Kawase seal
The Shinobazu pond is in Tokyo

Shinobazu Pond Today
Source: http://www.tokyoessentials.com/ueno.html
Shinobazu Pond dominates the southwestern side of Ueno. Today Shinobazu Pond is famous for lotuses, but in the past it nearly didn't survive at all. Just after World War II it was turned into a field for growing vegetables. Then, when that was no longer needed, rather than have it re-instated, many businessmen felt a carpark or baseball stadium would be better. Needless to say, the water was put back in, in 1949. A few years later however, out it came again. But this time the cause was a hole. The hole was accidentally drilled through the bottom during the construction of a new subway line

Shinobazu Pond today


Source: Ukiyo-e Gallery website article "Doi Hangaten: A Meeting with Mrs. Suzue Doi" (Tokyo, March 2000)by Andreas Grund http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/doiinterview.htm

"Bythe way, I remember a story my husband told me about Hasui. When Hasuimade the drawings for the print Night at Shinobazu Pond, which Sadaichihad ordered from Hasui, it took him a long time and many attempts untilwe accepted the draft" - Mrs. Suzue Doi, wife of publisher.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #3
 Title Night at Shinobazu Pond
 夜の池畔(不忍池)Yoro no chihan (Shinobazunoike)
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date 1932 original publication date
昭和七年四月 作
a work of Shōwa 7, 4th month
 Edition Originally published by Doi Sadaichi [Doi Teiichi] 土井英一 who was in business from 1930-1945. This edition carries the Doi Eiichi seal (see below), son of Doi Sadaichi, who took over the business of his father in 1945, renaming it Doi Hangaten. The printer seal (see below) indicates a likely publication date of between 1965 and 1995.
Doi Eiichi 土井
firm name: Doi Hangaten 土井版画店
seal reading 版权所有 土井英一 (copyright Doi Eiichi)
[Marks: pub. ref. 037; seal ref. 26-056]
 彫 ハラダ hori Harada
 Printer 摺 セキ suri Seki (see Carver above for seal)
 Seki worked for Doi from 1965 to 1995
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - penciled Japanese characters top margin
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 9 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm)
 H x W Image 11 x 15 3/4 in. (27.9 x 40 cm)
 Collections Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.2003.67.97 (notation of "later edition"); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 35.1886 (first edition); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 2006.551
 Reference Literature
CatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 92, pl. 278; Hanga ni miru Tokyo no fukei; Kanto daishinsai kara senzen made, Ota Kuritsu Kyodo Hakubutsukan, 2002, pl. 209, p. 53.
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