Kawase Hasui

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Kawase Hasui

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Shinagawa, 1931

- 6mm Watanabe seal (1946-1957) 
- Unframed, oban size 
- Signed in black with artist’s red seal

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About the print

Original color woodblock print titled “Shinagawa” from the series “Selection of Views of the Tokaido” by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Print bears the Watanabe Color Print Company’s 6mm seal (indicating a lifetime edition) in the lower left corner. 

A marvelously atmospheric depiction of a peaceful canal scene on a gray, cloudy day. The mood is heightened by the artist showing a gentle rain falling against the soft light on the distant horizon. 

Nice condition and color; small/faint pencil notations on bottom edge of reverse. Illustrated in "Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints,” Hotei Publishing, pl. 218. 

About the artist…

Kawase Hasui 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).

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.

In 1956 Hasui was named a Living National Treasure in Japan.

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