ARAI, Yoshimune II -- "A Ferry Boat" (#2)

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Artist ARAI, Yoshimune II
Title "A Ferry Boat"
Date ca1910-20;
("early-edition," ca1910/38; pre-War printing)
Provenance Obtained directly from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death
(via Illonois contact).
Series Hasegawa/Nishinomiya's "Night Scenes"
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku
(Tokyo publisher--known active 1938 until late-1950's; then sporadically until present day.)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 1/2 x 9 7/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; nicely visible woodgrain to sky; light "gauffrage" to moon; highly detailed carving.
Condition 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.)
Reference/Illus Hasegawa Catalogue #1246.
Comments 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.
Item # BG-677
Price $325 (Sold/NK)