Morning Mist (Mishima asagiri)
Polychrome wood block print
Plate: 22.5 x 35.1 cm (8 7/8 x 13 13/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
StateThe cat. file remarks that this is the 3rd state where the roofs of the houses are not shaded and figures appear dark gray in the background left; Forrer, who published this print (see ref.), calls this an early impression indicated by:lower edge of shrine fence, lower edge of houses on left and 3 figures left are visible [later impressions only show lower edge of fence, house farthest right and figure farthest right; in other impressions lower edge of fence and 2 houses are not visible, and 2 figures left are only half visible]. Forrer goes on to say that in some early impressions the sky is black, not gradated blue (blue bokashi). Some Japanese scholars maintain that later impressions have the name Senjoko on the temple lantern which advertises a popular face powder. Forrer counters that as the inscription was stamped on the lantern, not printed from the block, that it does not necessarily signify a later state.
Bequest of Isaac C. Bates
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