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Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada from the series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada

from the series

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern

by Kawase Hasui, 1933

IHL Cat. #32

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 94.
Narazaki1 explains that Hasui depicted the picturesque scenery of Senjocliff before.  In this example he illustrates a foreground tree, itswizened leaves turning yellowish and falling, even thought it is stillearly autumn.  Opposite is the bizarrely shaped cliff at Senjo, hemmedwith autumnal foliage.  The surface of the lake is serene, thereflection of the Senjo cliff on the water, upon which a singlewhite-sailed boat is afloat, is effective. There are two versions ofthis picture.  The darker version illustrated here might be better interms of the contrast between near and far.  This piece was sketched on28 October 1932, produced in December and published in January 1933.

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

Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
239 Senjo cliff, Lake Towada
Series: Collection of scenic views of Japan, eastern
(Nihon fukei shu higashi Nihon hen, Towadako Senjomaku)
Work of January 1933
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal D)

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source: Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, 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)
Autumn scene in northern Japan.  14 1/4” x 9 7/16”.  Signed, Hasui; redseal, decorative form only.  Right margin: the Japanese title; and thedate, “Showa Hachi Ne Ichi Gatsu Saku” (Made in the 1st Month of the8th Year of Showa [January 1933]).  Left margin: copyright stamp of thepublisher, Watanabe of Tokyo.  Blocks 20; superimposed printings, 25;edition, 100.

Lake Towada

Lake Towada is located on theboarder line between Aomori and Akita prefectures. It is a doublecrater lake and the shape is almost square, with the Mikura andNakayama peninsula jutting out into the center of the lake. The lake isespecially beautiful during the season of fresh greens (spring) and redleaves (autumn).

Lake Towada today

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #32
 Title Senjō Cliff, Lake Towada
 十和田湖 千丈幕 Tōwada-ko Senjō no maku
 Series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern
 日本風景集 東日本篇 Nihon fūkei shū higashi Nihon hen
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date January 1933 as printed in Japanese in the lower right margin
 Edition First edition of 100 prints with "E"-type seal. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō 
Watanabe "E"-type seal (1931-1941) reading:
版権所有不許複製渡邊庄三郎 hankenshoyū fukyofukusei
Watanabe Shōzaburō  copyright reserved, all rights reserved
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - small paper remnants verso top corners where previously tipped to original folio
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (38.7 x 26.4 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/8 x 9 3/8 x in. (35.9 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print Los Angeles County Museum ofArt M.73.37.154 (seal D); Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 1963.30.3074  (seal D)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 94, pl.293.
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