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A Spring Evening at Otemon Gate (Translation) 川瀬巴水 大手門の春の夕暮 昭和二十七年 木版画 (Primary Title)
Otemon Gate, the main entrance to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, opened to the public in 1968. Located at the city’s center, the East Garden occupies fifty-two acres and features gardens, a pond, and a castle. Throughout his career, Hasui depicted numerous views of the palace in different seasons. In this spring scene, he illustrates the outside of Otemon Gate, showing the willow trees lining the sidewalk. His mastery in treating light and shadow is revealed through the glow of the evening sunset on the distant horizon and the silhouette of the palace architecture on the surrounding moat.
Showa period (1926-1989)
Artist's seal; Publisher's seal Watanabe Shōzaburō