ARAI, Yoshimune II -- "Suma Beach in Moonlight" (#3)

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Artist ARAI, Yoshimune II
Title "Suma Beach in Moonlight"
("sepia-colored" version)
Date ca1910-20;
("mid-edition," ca1938/60)
Provenance Obtained directly from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death (via New York 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 1/4 x 9 7/8,
plus narrow margins.
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" to moon; amazingly life-like reflection; highly detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Strong colors. (Few surface scratches--otherwise flawless.) Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped verso.
Reference/Illus Hasegawa Catalogue #1250.
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.)
Item # BG-740
Price $275 (Sold/HP)