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Umagome no tsuki (Moon at Umagome), from the series Tôkyô nijûkei (Twenty Views of Tokyo)

Accession Number
1993/2.29

Title
Umagome no tsuki (Moon at Umagome), from the series Tôkyô nijûkei (Twenty Views of Tokyo)

Artist(s)
Kawase Hasui

Object Creation Date
1930

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
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Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
Kawase Hasui and Takahashi Hiroaki both worked in concert with the prolific twentieth century publisher of woodblock prints Watanabe Shôzaburô (1885-1962). Their poetic and often times nostalgic landscape prints, very much following Edo period print master Andô Hiroshige’s foot prints (whose works are also shown in the gallery), have been highly sought after by collectors in Europe and North America.
Kawase Hasui was especially known for his skillful depiction of landscapes and night scenes. His passion for landscapes led him to travel extensively throughout Japan, keeping a sensitive eye on his surroundings and sketching scenes from his journeys. His close attention to atmospheric conditions and light brought him much success and one year before his death Kawase was awarded the great honor of Living Cultural Treasure for his 1956 print “Snow at Zôjôji Temple.”
Takahashi was trained in Japanese style painting (Nihonga), and dedicated much of his time to creating paintings for exhibitions as well as illustrations for scientific publications. While Kawase’s prints focus on notable places and landscapes, Takahashi’s work attempts to capture the essence of Japanese culture and everyday life.
(Japanese Gallery Rotation, Spring 2010)
*Gallery Rotation Winter 2011 (January 2011)
Kawase Hasui
Japan, 1883–1957
Moon at Umagome, from the series Twenty Views of Tokyo
1930
Taisho Period (1912–26) to early Showa Period (1926–89)
Color woodblock print on paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund, 1993/2.29

Subject matter
Kawase Hasui worked in concert with the prolific twentieth century publisher of woodblock prints Watanabe Shôzaburo (1885-1962).
Kawase Hasui was especially known for his skillful depiction of landscapes and night scenes. His passion for landscapes led him to travel extensively throughout Japan, keeping a sensitive eye on his surroundings and sketching scenes from his journeys. His close attention to atmospheric conditions and light brought him much success and one year before his death Kawase was awarded the great honor of Intangible Cultural Treasure for his 1956 print “Snow at Zôjôji Temple.”

Physical Description
A large, dark tree looms over a field with neat rows of crops. A full moon hangs low in the sky, peeking from behind tree branches and thin gray clouds.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
farms
fields (ornament areas)
moonlight
moons
trees

2 Related Resources

Celestial bodies
(Part of: Natural World)
PAST- Moon & Lunar Study Cases    
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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