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Rain in Maekawa, Sōshū from the series Selection of Views of the Tokaido


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Rain in Maekawa, Sōshū

from the series Selection of Views of the Tokaido

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1932

IHL Cat. #7

About This Print

Source: Honolulu Academy of Arts http://art.honoluluacademy.org/emuseum/view/objects/asitem/9/540/primaryMaker-asc?t:state:flow=eb6afd69-6ec4-4fdd-bd4c-f50ecb860eeb
Sōshū is present-day Kanagawa Prefecture. The array of traditional thatched-roof houses along the street, the shadows of large pine trees, a person walking with an umbrella, and the straight lines of rain produce a sense of tranquility as well as the nostalgia reminiscent of some work by Utagawa Hiroshige

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 85.
Narazaki1 writes: “A rainy night, a row of thatch-roofed houses line thestreet – a traditional woodblock print design and one of Hasui’sfavourites.  …The rain is created through the use of the baren (padused to apply colour during print)”. Soshu (Sagami) province corresponds to present-day Kanagawa prefecture.

1 Narazaki Muneshige, Hasui's biographer and compiler of the artist's first catalogue raisoneeé Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shuMainichi Shinbun, Tokyo, 1979. 

Maekawa, Kanagawa today

 Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
  223 Rain in Maekawa, Soshu
Series: Collection of views of Tokaido
(Tokaido fukei senshi, Soshu Maekawa no ame)
  Work of February 1932
Hasui signatu
re with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal D)

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source:  Dorothy Blair, "Modern Japanese Prints,” TheToledo Art Museum 1997 (Printed from a photographic reproduction of twoexhibition catalogues of modern Japanese prints published by The ToledoMuseum of Art in 1930 and 1936)
The village street on a rainy night.
Signed, Hasui; red seal, decorative form only.  Right Margin: the Japanese title; and the date, "Showa Shichi Nen Ni Gatsu Saku" (Made in the 2nd Month of the 7th Year of Showa [February 1932]), Left margin: copyright stamp of the publisher, Watanabe of Tokyo.  Blocks, 20; superimposed printings, 25; edition, 200.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #7
 Title Rain in Maekawa, Sōshū
 相州前川の雨 Sōshū Maekawa no ame
 Series Selection of Views of the Tokaido
 東海道風景選集 Tokaido fūkei senshū
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date 1932 original publication date
 Edition Posthumousprinting from original woodblocks with publisher's "M"-type Heisei seal  printed in red in lower left margin indicating a printing after 1989. (For afull discussion of Watanabe publisher sealssee "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō
Watanabe "M"-type seal (in use from approximately 1989-present) reading (in  kana): わたなべ Watanabe
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (39.4 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (36.2 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print LosAngeles County Museum of Art M.2003.67.96 (“later edition” noted) also M.73.37.123 (with no edition notation); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-1058 (no seal visible; titled (Maekawa, Saagami in Rain); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 49.702 (red circular seal visible lower right corner.); Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.173 (no seal visible on image and no edition noted); Honolulu Academy of Arts 26631 (no seal, likely original edition.)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 85, pl. 223; Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces, Kendall H. Brown, Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 83, pl. 47; Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Amanda T. Zehnder, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 87
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