HASUI -- "(Fuji From) Nagahama Beach, Mito"

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Title "(Fuji From) Nagahama Beach, Mito"
("Mito Nagahama")
Date 1937 (Early Watanabe "oblong" C-seal; appropriate "First Edition" seal.)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "C" seal (used only 1929-42, and appropriate seal for First Edition)
Image Size 10 x 14 7/8 ("dai-oban"--larger than most Hasui prints)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, distant mountains, trees, and water; nicely visible woodgrain; astonishingly life-like reflection; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to Fuji's snowfields; finely carved details.
Condition Nearly Excellent. (Single tiny spot in sky; brown spot very edge right margin; very light wear--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #286; Hotei #404.
Comments Unquestionally Hasui's most evocative Fuji scene--a "ghost-like" Fuji is seen, seemingly floating in the sky. Very rarely encountered print. Appropriate seal for First Edition printing--nicely visible woodgrain.
Item # HC-05
Price $1750 (Sold/TS)