Approaching the Horizon

Important Japanese Prints from the Brewster Hanson Collection

March 16 – April 13, 2012

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)
Kiyotaki Kannon Waterfall at Sakanoshita on Tôkaidô; Tôkaidô Sakanoshita Kiyotaki Kannon
Traveling Around the Waterfalls in the Provinces; Shokoku taki meguri
ca. 1832
Ôban tate-e

KEISAI EISEN (1790-1848)
Itahana
69 Stations of the Kisokaidô; Kisokaidô tsuzuki no uchi
ca. 1834-5
Ôban yoko-e

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Cherry Trees in Full Bloom at Arashiyama
Famous Views of Kyoto; Kyoto meisho no uchi
ca. 1834
Ôban yoko-e

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Cherry Tree Well in Snow at Benkeibori, Sakurada; Soto Sakurada Benkeibori sakura no i
Famous Views of the Eastern Capital; Toto meisho
ca. 1846
Ôban yoko-e

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Yamabushi Gorge at Mimasaka Province; Mimasaka Yamabushidani
Famous Views of the 60-Odd Provinces; Rokujû yôshu meisho zue
1853, 12th month
Ôban tate-e

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Okitsu
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road;Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi
1833-34
Ôban yoko-e

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Rockfish and snapper with ginger (Kasago himedai)
Untitled set of Selected Fish
ca. 1832
Ôban yoko-e; with mica

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)
Abalone and whitefish (awabi sajori)
Untitled set of Selected Fish
ca. 1832
Ôban yoko-e; with mica

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE II ( 1826-1869) and UTAGAWA KUNISADA (1786-1864)
Travelers at Enoshima with figures by Kunisada and landscape by Hiroshige II
Sôshu, Enoshima
1861, 10th month
Ôban tate-e triptych

SUZUKI HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)
Mount Fuji seen between rising waves and Enoshima
Seven Mile Beach; Sôshû Shichirigahama
100 Views of the Provinces; Shokoku meisho hyakkei
1859, 5th month
Ôban tate-e

Press Release

In conjunction with Asia Week New York, JOAN B MIRVISS LTD will present APPROACHING THE HORIZON: IMPORTANT JAPANESE PRINTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF BREWSTER HANSON, an exhibition of particularly fine impressions of some of the most coveted designs of Hiroshige, including masterworks by Hokusai, Eisen and Yoshitoshi. Prints from this extremely fine collection, assembled from acquisitions made around the world, will be offered for the first time.

Brewster Hanson (1923-2008) lived in Geneva Switzerland for more than fifty years working for Cargill, and travelled the globe on their behalf, initiating agricultural trade and opening and directing their international offices. He first collected Post-Impressionist paintings followed by Old Master prints, and came to Japanese woodblock prints relatively late in his collecting career when he received in 1984 a book on Hiroshige’s celebrated “53 Stations of the Tokaido Road.” He wrote many years later: “I could see that Hiroshige, together with his block cutters and master printers, would make noble companions to [my] old masters.” He commented that upon his early encounter with a particularly fine impression, “something lit up inside me.”

Perhaps due to his surroundings near Lake Geneva, he focused on landscape prints and particularly on UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE (1797-1858), amassing a major collection of exquisite quality. During his international travels while in Tokyo, London and New York, Hanson avidly searched out great prints and strove to complete several of the best-known landscape series, buying at important auctions and from established dealers. He did succeed in completing Hiroshige’s iconic “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road” and the “Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido” and several others, as well as acquire the most successful designs from rarer series.

This exhibition will include more than sixty of Hanson’s best prints and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue. Highlights will include extremely fine impressions from the Eight Views of Omi series of ca. 1835 by HIROSHIGE, the most celebrated of which is “Karasaki Pine in Rain;” several fine prints from the “Great Waterfall” series of 1830 by KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849); eighteen of the “Great Fish” series by Hiroshige; the most coveted designs from “Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido Road” by HIROSHIGE and KEISAI EISEN (17901848); a complete deluxe set of Hiroshige’s “Wrestling Matches Between Mountains and Seas;” and many celebrated landscape triptychs including TSUKIOKA YOSHITOSHI’S (1839-92) definitive masterwork, “Fujiwara no Yasumasa Playing the Flute by Moonlight” of 1883.