Kawase Hasui

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Kawase Hasui

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Moon over Kiyosumi Garden, 1938

- 6mm Watanabe seal (1946-1957)
- Unframed, oban size 
- Signed Hasui with red Kawase seal

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About the print

Original color woodblock print titled “Moon over Kiyosumi Garden” (Tsuki no Kiyosumien), first publication 1938. 

The dreamlike quality of his prints epitomize a yearning for the past and a preservation of the past in the midst of rapid modernization. The garden depicted in this print is located in Tokyo. The stone lantern is a yukimi (snow viewing) style.

Very good condition, impression, and color. Hotei, "Kawase Hasui - The complete woodblock prints", p.507, #424.

About the artist…

Kawase Hasui (1883–1957) was a Japanese woodblock print maker in the early 20th century. He and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) are widely regarded as two of the greatest artists of the shin hanga style, and are known especially for their excellent landscape prints.

During the forty years of his artistic career, Hasui worked closely with Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), publisher and advocate of the shin hanga movement. His works became widely known in the West through American connoisseur Robert O. Muller (1911-2003). In 1956, he was named a Living National Treasure in Japan. 

Hasui worked almost exclusively on landscape and townscape prints based on sketches he made in Tokyo and during travels around Japan. However, his prints are not merely meisho (famous places) prints that are typical of earlier ukiyo-e masters such as Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

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