Tagonoura no yuu (Mount Fuji Seen from Tagonoura, Evening)

Kawase HASUI

Image size 14 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches (362 x 245 mm); sheet size 15 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches (391 x 264 mm).

A fine impression, with fresh colors; the full sheet with margins. Tack holes in the top and bottom left margin; tape stain in the lower right margin, verso, showing through recto left; otherwise in very good condition. Signed 'Hasui' in black ink with the artist’s red seal 'Kawase', lower right. The 6mm circular seal of publisher Watanabe (used 1946-1957), lower left, indicating a lifetime impression.

A peaceful, early evening scene of Mount Fuji seen from Tagonoura.


Hasui Kawase (1883–1957) remains one of the most celebrated 20th-century Japanese print designers of the shin-hanga ('new prints') movement pioneered by the renowned publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Hasui worked almost exclusively on landscape and townscape prints based on sketches he made in Tokyo and during his travels in Japan. His subjects are not only 'meishō' (famous places) prints which were typical of the earlier ukiyo-e masters such as Hiroshige and Hokusai, but also feature tranquil and picturesque scenes in obscure locations. Hasui considered himself a realist and employed his training in Western painting to create his lyrical renderings with naturalistic light, shade, and texture. In 1956, he was named a 'Living National Treasure' in Japan.