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Crescent Moon (Matsue in Izumo)

Accession Number
1987/1.268

Title
Crescent Moon (Matsue in Izumo)

Artist(s)
Kawase Hasui

Object Creation Date
1924

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
14 5/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. ( 36.3 cm x 24 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
Crescent Moon (Japanese, Mikazuki) is one of three different prints of this same scene by Kawase Hasui made from the same set of woodblocks. The difference lies in the colors used and the sky block. UMMA owns another print from this series, "Cloudy Day," 1987/1.267.
M. Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art, March 2007
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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)
(6/28/10)
*Gallery Rotation Winter 2011 (January 2011)
Kawase Hasui
Japan, 1883–1957
Matsue, Izumo (Crescent Moon)
1924
Taisho Period (1912–26)
Color woodblock print on paper
Museum purchase made possible by the
Friends of the Museum of Art, 1987/1.268

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 man ferries a passenger along a river at sunset. The buildings and stone walls along the river are reflected along with the colorful sky above.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
boats
houses
moons
reflections (perceived properties)
sunset
water (inorganic material)

1 Related Resource

Celestial bodies
(Part of: Natural World)

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