||ARAI, Yoshimune II
||"A Ferry Boat"
("early-edition," ca1910/38; pre-War printing)
||Obtained directly from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death
(via Illonois contact).
||Hasegawa/Nishinomiya's "Night Scenes"
(Tokyo publisher--known active 1938 until late-1950's; then sporadically until present day.)
||7 1/2 x 9 7/8
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; nicely visible woodgrain to sky; light "gauffrage" to moon;
highly detailed carving.
||Nearly Excellent. Full, original margins (note "kento" marks upper/right edge and lower/right corner).
(Tiny spot below moon; nicked upper left margin--otherwise flawless.)
||Hasegawa Catalogue #1246.
||One of the delightful "Night Scenes" series of prints by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya--an early series of 21 prints
which together convey "the essense of shin-hanga."
(Learn more.) Seldom seen image.