Hasui (1883 - 1957 )

Regarded as a major Japanese landscape artist of the 20th century, Hasui Kawase’s prints are characterized by their serenity of mood and flawless composition. Born Bunjiro Kawase in Tokyo, Hasui Kawase was the son of a silk braid merchant. He began his artistic career studying Japanese-style painting with Kiyokata, as well as Western-style at the Hakubakai. His talent was clear, exhibiting in the Tatsumi Exhibition of Painting at age 19. However, soon after seeing Shinsui’s series Eight Views of Lake Biwa, Hasui turned his attention to woodblock printing in 1919. Shozaburo Watanabe was the first to recognize his artistic genius and Hasui Kawase soon became the most popular artist working for this prestigious publisher. Hasui traveled widely in Japan and his subjects consisted mostly of his surroundings. These landscape prints are based upon small, quick sketches and watercolors taken from nature. Unfortunately, during the earthquake of 1923, all of his woodblocks and over 200 sketches were destroyed. The works that predate this event are extremely scarce and in great demand today. Undaunted, Hasui continued to produce his landscape prints. In 1956, the Japanese government’s Committee for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage designated Hasui's Zojo Temple in Snow and the documentation of its production as Intangible Cultural Treasures, the greatest artistic honor in postwar Japan. All of his prints are signed “Hasui” usually with a variety of red seals reading “sui.” Though Watanabe published the majority of Hasui Kawase’s prints, Doi, Kawaguchi, Sakai and others published some designs as well.

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Evening Snow, Edo River

Hasui

Evening Snow, Edo River

JPR-209858

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Futamigaura: The Wedding Rocks

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Futamigaura: The Wedding Rocks

JPR-209844

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Morning at Tsuchiura

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Morning at Tsuchiura

JP-209842

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Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge

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Spring Rain at Benkei Bridge

JP-209703

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Saisho-in Temple, Hirosaki

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Saisho-in Temple, Hirosaki

JP-209702

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Fudo Hill, Lake Yamanaka

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Fudo Hill, Lake Yamanaka

JP-209701

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Sakurada Gate

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Sakurada Gate

JP-209700

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Mihogaseki Beach, Izumo Province

Hasui

Mihogaseki Beach, Izumo Province

JP-209679

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The Kayagafuchi Rapids in Nagato Gorge

Hasui

The Kayagafuchi Rapids in Nagato Gorge

JP-209677

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A Section of Byodo-in Temple, Uji

Hasui

A Section of Byodo-in Temple, Uji

JP-209676

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Zaimoku Island, Matsushima

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Zaimoku Island, Matsushima

JP-209591

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The Road to Nikko

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The Road to Nikko

JPR-209476

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Zojo Temple in Snow, Shiba

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Zojo Temple in Snow, Shiba

JPR-209378

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Moon at Magome

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Moon at Magome

JP-209008

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Benten Pond, Shiba

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Benten Pond, Shiba

JP-209000

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Evening Snow at Ishinomaki

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Evening Snow at Ishinomaki

JP-208798

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Tamon Temple at Hamahagi in Boshu

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Tamon Temple at Hamahagi in Boshu

JPR1-14091

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Lakeside Shower, Matsue

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Lakeside Shower, Matsue

JP-209681

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Spring Rain at Gokoku-ji

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Spring Rain at Gokoku-ji

JPR-209510

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Iris Garden at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

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Iris Garden at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

JPR-209509

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Snow at Kiyomizu Hall, Ueno

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Snow at Kiyomizu Hall, Ueno

JP-209680

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Tenno-ji Temple, Osaka

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Tenno-ji Temple, Osaka

JPR-209525

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Zojo Temple in Snow, Shiba

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Zojo Temple in Snow, Shiba

JPR-209524

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Chunum Temple at Mt. Chiri, Korea

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Chunum Temple at Mt. Chiri, Korea

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