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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Shiba Zojo Temple

Hasui

Shiba Zojo Temple

JPR-200087

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Kiyosu Bridge

Hasui

Kiyosu Bridge

JPR-200085

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Night Rain at Kawarago

Hasui

Night Rain at Kawarago

JPR-200084

$1,400.00
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Bell Tower at Okayama

Hasui

Bell Tower at Okayama

JPR-200083

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Chuzenji Lake, Utagahama

Hasui

Chuzenji Lake, Utagahama

JPR-200082

$2,600.00
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Mt. Fuji after Snow (Tagonoura)

Hasui

Mt. Fuji after Snow (Tagonoura)

JPR-200080

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Autumn at Farmhouse in Ayashi, Miyagi

Hasui

Autumn at Farmhouse in Ayashi, Miyagi

JPR-200079

$2,400.00
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Koinobori (Carp Streamer) at Toyohama, Kagawa

Hasui

Koinobori (Carp Streamer) at Toyohama, Kagawa

JPR-200078

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Snow at Shiba Park

Hasui

Snow at Shiba Park

JPR-200077

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Mishima River in Mutsu

Hasui

Mishima River in Mutsu

JPR-200076

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Evening Snow at Terashima

Hasui

Evening Snow at Terashima

JPR-200075

$4,800.00
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Sunset at Nenoyama, Saitama

Hasui

Sunset at Nenoyama, Saitama

JPR-200074

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Cloudy Day at Mizuki, Ibaraki

Hasui

Cloudy Day at Mizuki, Ibaraki

JP-200073

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Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

Hasui

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

JP-200072

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Kozu, Osaka

Hasui

Kozu, Osaka

JP-200071

$3,800.00
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Kude Beach in Wakasa

Hasui

Kude Beach in Wakasa

JP-200067

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Fudo Temple in Meguro

Hasui

Fudo Temple in Meguro

JPR-200093

$4,800.00
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