HASUI -- "Moon at Megome" (#5)

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Title "Moon at Megome"
("Megome no Tsuki")
Date 1930 (circa 1946-57)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by a discriminating southern USA collector.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer "D-seal" (used only 1931-41)
EARLY pre-War printing.
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, and clouds; light "gauffrage" to tree; nicely detailed carving. Tiny "Made in Japan" stamping lower verso margin.
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Deep saturation of colors. Clean frontside and verso. (Soft diagonal 2-inch crease upper/right corner; 2-inch scotch-tape residue verso margin; two small "printer creases" left; light toning.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #169; Hotei #165; Blair, Toledo 1936 #12.
Comments Beautiful moonlit scene done almost entirely as an "aizuri"
(shades of blue) print. One of Hasui's most popular images. Early pre-War printing.
Item # PA-06
Price $1600 (Sold/WA)