Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), “Rain at Maekawa…”

1932. Woodblock, 14-1/4″ x 9-3/8″. Framed No. 1 — 1″ in walnut stained Black, with 1/8″ white gold slip.

Looking to the architecture in the print for something to echo in the architecture of the frame, the shape of the thatched roofs caught my fancy, thus the shape of the splines. Otherwise, the frame is simple as can be—just a 1″ wide No. 1 in walnut stained Black. The slender white gold slip answers the light in the windows. The frame being itself a window, I guess that’s a second reference to the architecture. The mat is a very dark grey solid core rag mat.

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