Japanese woodblock print
NOTES/DATE/ETC: 1910-20 -- Hasegawa/Nishimomiya's "Night Scenes" Series (1938-60's printing)
SIZE IN INCHES: 7 1/4 x 10 inches (+ margins as shown)
COMMENTS: From the "Night Scenes" series.
THE NIGHT SCENES SERIES of prints published during the early 1900's by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya of Tokyo. There are 21 chuban-sized prints included in the series which is indicative of the early transitional style of shin-hanga, the dominant movement in Japanese print making during the first half of the twentieth century. The artists who created designs for the series were: Koho Shoda, Eijiro Kobayashi, Yoshimune Arai, Kiyochika Kobayashi, and Gyosui Suzuki.
The series is comprised of prints showing evening and night views of popular Japanese landscape tableaus often under a full moon. Variant editions employing sepia and brown tones are also known, but the series is printed primarily in blues and blacks with highlights of yellow, red and pink.