Tokyo. [1900-1960]. Stock ID #158457
Scene of Suma beach from the famous "Night Scenes" series. Silhouettes and dark colours typify this series, and this print is no different: in the middle-ground two silhouettes of men fetching water can be seen on the beach, as a tall but worn pine-tree stand watch from the foreground. It is a clear night and a full moon illuminates Osaka Bay. Although in present times Suma beach in Kobe prefecture is a well-known tourist spot famed for its white sand, in this print the sand is charcoal in colour--fitting with Yoshimuni's dark colour scheme. Far in the background the outline of areas of Osaka can be seen. Chuban size sheet: 11 x 8 inches, small "Made in Japan" stamp on reverse side, a very good print. Yoshimune II Arai (1873-1945) was the youngest son of Utagawa Yoshimune I (1817- 1880). After being adopted by the Arai family, he studied as a print designer and illustrator, and in 1882 succeeded his father taking the name of Utagawa Yoshimune II. This print is from his famous "Night Scenes" series. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158457).