HASUI -- "Shirakawa Castle Ruins, Cherry Blossoms" (#3)

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Artist Hasui KAWASE (1883-1957)
Title "Shirakawa Castle Ruins, Cherry Blossoms"
("Shirakawajoshi no Sakura")
Date 1946 (First Edition)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Black "6-mm seal" (lower/left), appropriate "First Edition" seal.
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; light "gauffrage"
(embossing) to cherry blossoms; baren "sujizuri" tracings to steps and rocky walls; crisp key-lines, highly detailed carving. (Faint ink-smudgings left margin.)
Condition Excellent. Bold fresh colors. Very clean front and verso.
(Few surface scratches--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #468; Hotei #483.
Comments Beautifully colored springtime scene. "First Edition" printing.
Item # BK-34
Price $1250 (Sold/NK)