Lake Kizaki, Shinshu (Shinshu Kizakiko) by Kawase Hasui

Lake Kizaki, Shinshu (Shinshu Kizakiko) by Kawase Hasui

Lake Kizaki, Shinshu (Shinshu Kizakiko)

Kawase Hasui

Title

Lake Kizaki, Shinshu (Shinshu Kizakiko)

 
Artist

Kawase Hasui

  1883 - 1957 (biography)
Year
1941  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 5/8 x 14 3/8" image size 
Signature
artist's signature stamp and red seal in image, lower left image. 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
Watanabe's 6mm publisher's stamp (Seal E) in lower left corner; copyright stamp in lower left margin 
Reference
Hasui 453 
Paper
cream Japanese laid 
State
published 
Publisher
Watanabe 
Inventory ID
22649 
Price
$1,200.00 
Description

Lake Kizaki is one of three Ninashi lakes in the mountains north of Ota in present day Nagano prefecture, near Omachi. This image depicts the calm waters of the lake, adjoining fields and farms. There are numerous lakeside attractions surround the lake, with the locale being a popular lakeside resort.

As Hausui often did with his compositions, a single figure with an umbrella walks through the grass beyond a small village, creating a human scale to the vast landscape. The artist used a subtle Bokashi printing throughout the landscape to transition from one plane to another.

Nagano Prefecture has impressive mountainous areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chuo-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabiting is relatively limited. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics.