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Hasui Kawase

Hasui Kawase (川瀬巴水, 18 May 1883 7 November 1957)

Kawase Hasui, whose name is Kawase Bunjiro, is widely known by his professional name, “Hasui”.
He was born at Shiba, Tokyo, on May 15, 1883. From childhood he loved to paint; later, he became a pupil of Kaburagi Kiyokata, and he exhibited his first picture for the Tatsumi Painting Exhibition in 1912.
During the early stage of his art career, Hasui produced only paintings: he became interested in wood block prints after seeing
Shinsui’s prints, “Eight Views of Lake Biwa”.
Some of Hasui’s small landscape pictures led S. Watanabe of the Watanabe Print Shop to see his possibilities as a print artist, and Hasui did his first color prints from a series of sketches made at Shiobara in 1918.
There were followed by several series: “Twelve Views of Tokyo”, the “Souvenirs of Travel, First Series” in 1919, the “Souvenirs of Travel, Second Series” consisting of 28 prints, in 1923, and “The Twelve Month in Tokyo”.
In 1922, he began to produce “A Collection of Scenes in Japan” in 12 installments, but at the time of the
publication of the eleventh installment, the great earthquake and fire of September 1, 1923 occurred, destroying the blocks and prints and the artist’s precious sketch-book.
Without losing heart at this disaster, he started on October 23rd a sketching tour through the regions of Hokuriku, San-in, Sanyo and elsewhere, returning to Tokyo on February 2nd of the following year.
As the result of this tour, “Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series” was the first prints after the earthquake disaster. Since then he continued to actively produce prints until his death on November 27, 1957, in Tokyo.
In late years, Hasui is getting recognized that he was a great artist by many collectors; For example,
it is famous that Steve Jobs (1955-2011; CEO of Apple Inc.) was also fervent collector for Hasui.

References from Watanabe Print Shop's explanation


Evening at Kintai Bridge, in Spring

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.0 / H 37.3 (cm)

Designed in 1947
Kintai Bridge is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan, and it was designated as National Scenic Beauty in 1922. Hasui is expressing Kintai Bridge in Spring Evening as it has beautiful atmosphere with many cherry blossoms along the Nishiki river under the bridge.
This work has made since just after World War II.
For new tourists to Japan, this work gave them a impression exactly same as they thought.

Dawn at the Nihonbashi Bridge  US$278 each

SIZE : W 23.8 / H 36.6 (cm)

Designed in 1911
This is Hasui's Nihonbashi which is one of his excellent and popular work, same as Hiroshige's one in "Fifty-three Stages on the Tokaido".
It has a good composition to express Nihonbashi in the gray of dawn. This is one of his work series "Tokaido scene selection" which is supposed to be a collection of 26 works, but it never has been completed.

Agatsuma Gorge  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1943
Agatsuma Gorge is about 2.5 mails long on Agatsuma river between Gunma prefecture and Nagano prefecture.
On the both sides of the river, deciduous trees such as Maple, Quercus serrate, Zelkova are growing up well, and these plants make beautiful colors in autumn.

Moonrise at Futago Island, Matsushima  US$278 each

SIZE : W 36.3 / H 24.3 (cm)

Designed in 1933
This is one of work in “Japanese landscape collection in east Japan” consisting of 24 works. Matsushima is one of the three famous views in Japan.
Hasui likes to draw a superb view around the Futago Island in Matsushima.

Snow at Mukojima  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1931
Hasui has excellent works for snowy landscape same as Hiroshige.
This is one of the best among his snowy landscapes,
as it has excellent
And, it is the work which the inside of his heart looks like.

Snowfall at Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.2 / H 36.5 (cm)

Designed in 1950
Hasui is good at this composition, and he express atmospheres of the snow scene well.
This is a work letting you feel the peculiar world of Hasui.

Kasuga Shrine, Nara

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1933
Kauga shrine is very famous place for Japanese.
This work might give a flat feeling because it is following traditional composition as famous place picture.
Hasui made effort to make good balance between creative and traditional. This is very popular work for foreigners.

Honmonji Temple in Snow

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.1 / H 36.4 (cm)

Designed in 1931
This is one of the snow scene which Hasui is good at expressing.
He is expressing a pine-tree mainly in the approach to Honmonji Temple, with leaden sky and watery color mountains seen at distance. The highlight expression is ups and downs snow situation after footprints on the path were erased.

Iris garden at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.0 / H 36.4 (cm)

Designed in 1951
This work have an atmosphere which seems to be famous picture postcard.
It was made effort to express detail description for both of carving and printing.

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto, in Autumn  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.0/ H 36.5 (cm)

Designed in 1951
Red leaves are shining as raining was over and air became fresh.
This work has his peculiar drawing style which can be seen temple's gate on puddles just looks like some mirrors using by the simple his description.


Shiba Benten Pond  US$278 each

SIZE (about) : W 36 / H 24 (cm)

Designed in 1929
There is Benten pond on the back of the Zojoji temple in Shiba, Tokyo.
Lotus leaves and flowers are full up all over, and it makes a unique atmosphere which you have never seen in his other works before.


Snow at Ueno Toshogu Shrine

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1929
This Shrine is in Ueno, Tokyo. Toshogu is several shrines which were built in Edo period by Tokugawa Bakufu (central government) for the peoples related with Tokugawa family.
But, Toshogu have been very popular Shrine for Japanese.


Mt.Fuji seen from Oshino

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1941
Oshino is highland basin which is located about 900m height at the north foot of Mt.Fuji.
Oshino has a lot of nature fascinations which are related with Mt.Fuji, beautiful scenery with Mt.Fuji, continental refreshing climate, and rich habits of the animals and plants.


Rainy Night at Maekawa

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.0/ H 36.2 (cm)

Designed in 1932
This is one of work in “Tokaido landscape selection” consisting of 26 works (not completed). This work is night landscape raining in the course where straw-thatched houses form a line.
Hasui is good at this composition such as traditional style of woodblock prints.


Snow at Yagumo Bridge of Nagata Shrine, Kobe  US$278 each

SIZE (about) : W 24 / H 36 (cm)

Designed in 1934
This is one of work in “Japanese landscape collection in Kansai(east Japan)” consisting of 24 works. This is one of good snowy landscape in his works, because he succeeded to use unusual
composition which is seen from the foot of Yagumo bridge.


Snow at Itsukushima
           US$278 each

SIZE (about) : W 36 / H 24 (cm)

Designed in 1932
Itsukushima is famous and popular shrine which I built on the sea. The red color of the Torii(shrine gate) seems to be more beautiful because the background of snowy landscape have light colors.


Komagata-gashi Riverbank [Reproduction]  US$278 each

SIZE : W 36.5 / H 24.1 (cm)

Designed in 1919
Komagata is one of place name in Asakusa, Tokyo. There is a river Ookawa (present name is Sumida river) in Komagata. Hasui drew a sketch of bamboo shop at a bank of Ookawa in a summer day.
The opposite bank can be seen from the interval of the displayed bamboos. This is the work which have a feeling like the summer afternoon.


Snow at Ueno Kiyomizudo

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.1/ H 36.4 cm)

Designed in 1929
Kiyomizudo is a hall of Kanei temple in Ukeno, Tokyo. It is famous that Hiroshige also drew this hall in Edo period.
This work is the first one of 16 series works of Shin-Hanga which were published by two publisher's co-operation Mr.Sakai and Mr.Kawaguchi.


Rain at Ushibori  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1929
Ushibori has prospered as a port town of Kasumigaura lake same as Itako of the next town.
There were a lot of warehouse and factory concerned to marine product industry.


Evening at Itako  US$278 each

SIZE : W 26.3 / H 37.4 (cm)

Designed in 1930
Itako has prospered as a port town of Kasumigaura lake and Tonegawa river (the longest river in Japan).
There were a lot of warehouse and factory concerned to marine product industry, same as Ushibori of the next town.


Cherry Blossom and Moon at Matsuyama Castle  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1953
Matsuyama Castle was built on the small mountain (132m height) in plains. The castle built by this style is called "Hirayama castle".
Matsuyama Castle is one of the three most famous Hirayama castles in Japan.


Tengu Rock, Shiobara

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5/ H 36.4 (cm)

Designed in 1950
Shiobara is a familiar place for Hasui. On the right side, there is big rock called Tengu Rock in Houki river, Shiobara. The black big rock, violent flow of the river, and beautiful colors of autumn leaves, these descriptions are interesting to see.


Rainy season at Ryoshimachi, Shinagawa  US$278 each

SIZE : W 23.8/ H 36.1 (cm)

Designed in 1931
This is one of work in “Tokaido landscape selection” consisting of 26 works (not completed). Shinagawa is a famous place for business in present. But, this Shinagawa has atmosphere in Meiji period.
Hasui is also artist who is connecting modern times and the present times.


Zojoji Temple in Snow
           US$278 each

SIZE : W 37.0 / H 23.3 (cm)

Designed in 1929
There is Zojoji Templ in Shiba, Tokyo.
And, Hasui was also born in Shiba. So, Zojoji Templ is his familiar place from his childhood, and he was good at drawing Zojoji Templ.


Sunset Glow at Nakoso

 US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in 1954
Nakoso is located at the prefectural border of Ibaraki and Fukushima, and it is famous that there was a barrier built in the fifth century for a long time.
Around Nakoso's area is assigned as Prefectural Natural Park, because it can be seen Pacific ocean through the pine's treetops, that hasn't changed since a long time ago.


Snow at Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko
           US$278 each

SIZE (about) : W 36 / H 24 (cm)

Designed in 1930
There is Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, and it has beautiful red color which decorate the main entrance of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
This bridge was registered as a world heritage in December, 1999.


Konjikido in Snow, Hiraizumi

Autumn at Funatsu near Lake Kawaguchi

Snow storm at Hataori, Shiobara



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