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Matsushima twin islands
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1000: Matsushima twin islands (Hasui)

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan", the picturesque Matsushima bay contains innumerable small islands. These two are called Futago-shima, or "The twins," and Hasui silhouettes them against the rising moon, for a dramatic composition.

Watase Hasui (1883-1957) was one of the major artists involved in the revival of woodblock printing in the early twentieth century. He brings a fresh subtlety of expression to this traditional craft.

Apart from a brief period in Shiobara, northern Tochigi, he appears to have lived his whole life in Tokyo, but specialised in landcapes, drawn from his travels across Japan.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61295 (61-295 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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