HASUI -- "Carp Windsock" (#2)

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Artist Hasui KAWASE (1883-1957)
Title "Carp Windsock"
("Koi no Biri")
Date 1948 (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/right, appropriate "First Edition" seal.
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; light "gauffrage"
(embossing) to clouds, tree, and buildings; strongly visible woodgrain in sky; baren "sujizuri" tracings to wall and street; crisp key-lines, highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Very clean front and verso.
(Couple surface scratches; very slight wear.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #489; Hotei #508.
Comments Beautiful rural streetscene--"carp windsocks" are flown throughout Japan on May 5th in celebration of "Boy's Day." "First Edition" printing.
Item # BK-35
Price $1200 (Sold/NK)