Watercolor with white paint over graphite
Support: European wove paper with watermark
Sheet: 27.7 x 38 cm (10 7/8 x 14 15/16 in.); Image: 24.3 x 36.2 cm (9 9/16 x 14 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2001.145
Hasui said, "I do not paint subjective impressions. My work is based on reality." However, he also admitted, "I cannot falsify...[but] I can simplify...I make mental impressions of the light and color at the time of the sketching. While coloring the sketch, I am already imagining the effects in a woodblock print." Hasui’s methods resemble the ukiyo-e printmakers he sought to emulate and also indicate the extent to which these artists portrayed reality as they understood it.
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