Featured Artist: Hasui

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 are most frequently landscape themes. The 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’s prints, Doi, Kawaguchi, Sakai and others published some designs as well.

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Minuma River at Omiya

Hasui

Minuma River at Omiya

JPR-200094

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Moon over Akebi Bridge at Ken-nan Mountain Villa

Hasui

Moon over Akebi Bridge at Ken-nan Mountain Villa

JPR1-66020

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Evening at Soemoncho, Osaka

Hasui

Evening at Soemoncho, Osaka

JPR-200098

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Senonji Temple at Mt. Chii

Hasui

Senonji Temple at Mt. Chii

JPR1-58631

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Fukakubo at Hachinohe

Hasui

Fukakubo at Hachinohe

JP-111678

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Night Rain at the Pine Islet

Hasui

Night Rain at the Pine Islet

JP-111676

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Seto in Bishu

Hasui

Seto in Bishu

JPR1-14241

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Tamon Temple at Hamahagi in Boshu

Hasui

Tamon Temple at Hamahagi in Boshu

JPR1-14091

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Jogakura Gorge at Hakkoda

Hasui

Jogakura Gorge at Hakkoda

JPR1-58623

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Evening Snow at Ishinomaki

Hasui

Evening Snow at Ishinomaki

JPR1-62141

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Kainonji Temple in Beppu: Hot Spring Resort

Hasui

Kainonji Temple in Beppu: Hot Spring Resort

JPR1-66057

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Starlit Night at Miyajima

Hasui

Starlit Night at Miyajima

JPR1-60849

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Shiba Onshi Park

Hasui

Shiba Onshi Park

JPR-200103

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Evening at Tagonoura

Hasui

Evening at Tagonoura

JPR-200101

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Arifuku Hot Spring at Iwami

Hasui

Arifuku Hot Spring at Iwami

JPR-200100

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Benten Island at Tomonotsu, Bingo

Hasui

Benten Island at Tomonotsu, Bingo

JPR-200099

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Near Susono

Hasui

Near Susono

JPR-200097

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Aoba Castle in Sendai

Hasui

Aoba Castle in Sendai

JPR-200096

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Shinohashi Bridge

Hasui

Shinohashi Bridge

JPR-200095

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Mt. Fuji from Satta Pass

Hasui

Mt. Fuji from Satta Pass

JPR-200092

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Kabukiza Theatre

Hasui

Kabukiza Theatre

JPR-200091

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Late Autumn at Lake Yamanaka

Hasui

Late Autumn at Lake Yamanaka

JPR-200090

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Gion Bridge at Hondo, Amakusa

Hasui

Gion Bridge at Hondo, Amakusa

JPR-200089

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Sakurada Gate

Hasui

Sakurada Gate

JPR-200088

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