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
Designed in 1930
Ushibori is located at the entrance of Kasumigaura lake in Ibaraki prefectural, and here was developed water transportation business in old days.
Hasui expressed sunset lighting and shadow on the surface of a river, emotionally and beautifully.
He drew a lot of landscape works in Ibaraki prefectural which were not famous place but expressed emotionally and beautifully.
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.
Designed in 1948
This five‐storied pagoda was originally built in a part of Ueno-Toshogu shrine. In the Meiji era, it was changed to belong in Kaneiji temple, and now, it is belong in Ueno park in Tokyo.
Fortunately, it was not damaged through Kanto big earthquake and World War II. Hasui drew it just few years after World War II.
Designed in 1950
Tsubosaka Temple is famous for "Kannon-Reijyoki" which is Japanese Traditional musical (Jyoruri) made in about 1875. It has a story to save a couple from the death using mysterious Japanese Buddhistic power.
Hasui is representing forest with evening moon from the temple gate where some mysterious Buddhists are visiting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Snow storm at Hataori, Shiobara US$278 eachSIZE : W 24.5/ H 36.4 (cm)
Designed in 1946
Shiobara is a familiar place for Hasui. He has started to draw landscape for Woodblock in Shiobara and he evacuated to Shiobara at the time of World War II.
After the war, he drew his favorite hot spring (Onsen) at Shiobara with his proud snow scene.
Tengu Rock, Shiobara
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.