HASUI -- "Asakusa Kannon Temple After Snowfall"

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Artist Hasui KAWASE (1883-1957)
Title "Asakusa Kannon Temple After Snowfall"
("Asakusa Kannon no Yukibare")
Date 1926 (First Edition)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
Series "Twenty Views of Tokyo"
("Tokyo Nijukei")
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "A-seal" top left
(appropriate "First Edition" seal).
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; extensive "gauffrage"
(embossing) to snow-cover roof, building, trees, and forground snow; strongly visible woodgrain in sky; baren "sujizuri" tracings to foreground snow; crisp key-lines, highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Bright fresh colors.
Very clean front and verso.
(Tiny area minor rubbing right foreground snow--otherwise absolutely flawless.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #151; Hotei #151.
Comments Strikingly beautiful. Very early--one of Hasui's finest early snowscenes. 1926 "First Edition" printing. Rarely seen.
Item # BK-23
Price $2700 (Sold/NK)