Kansanomiya shrine at Lake Tazawa One of the artist's most beautiful and evocative images, a rare first edition in wonderful condition. Notes: Narazaki noted that this works is, "An unusual scene of a lakeside shrine. In this work, the blizzard raging across the tranquil lake; the distant mountains; the dark snowy sky; the water, as if dyed a deep color; and the bare, snow-laden trees are all individual traits of Hasui."
Mount Asahi seen from Mount Shirouma 'This mountain scene is based on a sketch made when Hasui climbed Mt. Shirouma...The shape of the mountain blanketed in a lingering snowfall is beautiful, its placement in the distance creates a majestic feel' Narazaki
Yakumo Bridge at Nagata Shrine This unusual and very successful composition features the Yakumo bridge from a lower vantage point.. the slender pines are blanketed in heavy snow. The passageway is faint and obscured by the snow, and contrasts with the thick, boldly colored vermillion railings in the foreground.. Narazaki. p.100 Hotei Publishing
Snow at Daichi This Print is the first by Hasui not to be published by Watanabe Shozaburo. Between 1925 and 1927 Isetatsu issued sets of Prints each in which Hasui designs were paired with images of beauties by Ito Shinsui. The 'Snow at Daichi' is paired with Shinsui's 'Snowy Night'.
Matsue, Izumo Narasaki explains that the residents of Matsue are, like this former castle town of the feudal lords..modest and refined, The scenery is too beautiful, and the area is known as the riverside district. This image is the second of three versions of this image,' Hazy Moon'
Kinosaki, Tajima 'A nocturnal rain.' Hasui depicts the various spas and inns on either side of the river and their reflections on the water. A strong, graphic image depicting early twentieth century Japan.
Uchimayashita in Rain Beautiful Woodblock Print of a temple courtyard at a time when rain falls quietly and steadily, leaving fine reflections on the stone pavement; our eye is drawn into the image, as we follow two women, their umbrellas raised, towards the entrance where a figure in yellow rain gear quietly waits. Gently, steadily, life goes on, irrespective of the rain.
This print was one of the first designs printed after the earthquake of 1923. The blocks were carved pre-earthquake but never printed. Amaxingly, they survived the quake.
Snow at Hie Shrine Two women converse before entrance of the beautiful shrine where a mother and child stand quietly.
The Print is distinguished by beautiful, strong color of white green, red and grays and the composition is carefully balanced between the temple structure and roofs, trees, fences and human figures. The total effect is a gentle harmony and poetic sense of nature
Ishinomaki in the Snow Narazaki states,'the tranquil evening snow has been skillfully designed, the painterly mood is evinced in such elements as the two moored boats..the snow covered mountain.. and depiction of the dark distant mountain conveys a profoundly elegant mood'
Meguro Fudo Temple In the foreground beautifully composed, delicate shadows of leaves reach up to the temple entrace where the focus is on a quiet female figure about to enter. A series of red verticals describe the temple's structure, the solid architectural forms contrast with the light cherry blossom in the distance, that add a light, gentle note echoing the gentle shadows of the leaves in the foreground
Lake Matsubara in Shinano Province ('Shinshu matsubarako') A country fisherman at the shore fishing in the calm lake in which the wooded hills are reflected; a tree leans over the lake, its branches and leaves outline against the mellow colors of the waters and sky.
Rain at Shinobazu Pond Trees in bright green spring color frame this image; the red temple on white base dominates the far shore of the pond; rain falls lightly from grey clouds overhead, causing the benches in the foreground to be reflected in the wet pavement. and bringing out fresh colors, as light pervades the rainy day.
Hikawa Park, Omiya In this rare, beautiful Print, a stand of large trees rises high into the morning sky, as the sun touches their tops with rosy hue; in the distance, through the trees, gentle white clouds drift, completing this elegant, poetic image of nature at the break of day
Three lit Lanterns in the foreground and a mighty pine frame the image and lead the eye beyond, towards the Lake with the famous gate and the blue hills beyond. Three small lit lights on the far shore repeat the element of three's in harmony with the lighted lanterns, whose golden glow contrasts with the, otherwise, variable blues of this lovely night scene.
The Artist has created a number of these fine scenes of nature at night, illuminated by the moon, which is sometimes seen and at other times lends its glow to the delicately lit images of sea, river or lake.
Lakeside Shower, Matsue Narasaki notes: 'Thick low-lying clouds are unique to the coast of the Sea of Japan'. This image illustrates a marvelous use of color and composition, the tall yellow tree in contrast with the rusty reeds at the shoreline, and dark grey rainclouds overhead. The boatman is dwarfed by the majesty of the landscape.