HASUI -- "Kabuki Theatre (at Night)"

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Artist Hasui KAWASE
Title "Kabuki Theatre (at Night)"
Date May 1926
(later edition, 2011)
Series One of only 5 Hasui images originally published by Isetatsu Publisher 1925-26 (Tokyo, active 1925-26).
Publisher Shobisha
(Isetatsu's original blocks)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 8 7/8 x 13 1/8 ("aiban")
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; distinctly visible "woodgrain" to sky; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent.
(No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus Hotei #167; Narazaki #I-2.
Comments Published by Shobisha (who acquired woodblocks from Isetatsu decades ago).
Newly released by Shobisha (Summer 2011) from Isetatsu's original block-set--not seen since the 1920's.
Item # JS-2906
Price $400