Shirô: Morning at the hot springsShirô: Morning at the hot springs
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Kasamatsu Shirô (1898-1991)

Two women relaxing in a hot bath on a quiet morning at sunrise; an atmospheric bathhouse scene from the small Onsen town of Nozawa, located in the mountains of the of the northern prefecture of Nagano (aka Shinshû).

Title: Onsen no asa – Shinshû Nozawa (Morning at the hot springs - Nozawa in Shinshû)

Signature: Shirô

Seal: Shirô saku

Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo (Seal Hotei E)

Date: Shôwa 8 (1933)

Size: Vertical Ôban, 36,2 x 24 cm (image size)

Early impression, made before 1941. Excellent impression and colours. Paper slightly age toned. The On verso margin the artist’s name written in pencil. Excellent condition. One of the artist's most beautiful and sought-after prints. Rare.

Grund W-13. Cf. also Toledo Museum of Art, No. 1939.444; British Museum, 1946,0209,0.85 (ill. in Smith 1983, No. 78); Ill. also in Amy Reigle Stephens et al., The new wave, London/Leiden 1993, p. 196, No. 259.