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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

 

 

Snow at Daichi  US$330 each

SIZE : W 22.2 / H 33.1 (cm)

Created in 1925

At the Edo time, towns were called "xx Daichi" or also "xx Daijicho", that's why this artwork is called Daichi.
The naming then changed while the Meiji era later and the name disappeared, again.
When this artwork has been designed, high-colored cars and telegraph pillars were new to the scene, what just indicated the change
of time.

Lake Rain at Shuzenji Spa  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.0 / H 36.0 (cm)

Designed in Showa 8 (1933)

Shuzenji is the oldest hot spring town in Izu.
You can see the atmosphere of Shuzenji by moving a large inn in a silhouette style in the rain.
At that time, it is said that this open-air bath was a mixed bath (men and woman together),
what is not common these days, anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snow at the shato of the shrine (Hie Shrine)


Evening at Itako


Harbor at Night, Otaru


Amakusa Honryo


Lake Chuzenji, Nikko


Miyajima in Snow


Starry Night at Tsubosaka Temple, Nara


Konjikido in Snow,
Hiraizumi


Autumn at Funatsu near Lake
Kawaguchi



Sunset Glow at Nakoso


Dawn at the Nihonbashi
Bridge



Moonrise at Futago Island, Matsushima



Snow at Mukojima


Snowfall at Kiyomizu
Temple, Kyoto



Zojoji Temple in Snow



Honmonji Temple in Snow



Kasuga Shrine, Nara



Shiba Benten Pond


Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto,
in Autumn



Iris garden at Meiji
Shrine, Tokyo




Rainy Night at Maekawa




Mt.Fuji seen from Oshino




Snow at Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko



Snow at Yagumo Bridge
of Nagata Shrine, Kobe




Snow at Itsukushima



Cherry Blossom and Moon
at Matsuyama Castle




Rain at Ushibori




Full Moon at Izura, Ibaraki Pref.




Full Moon at Magome



Evening at Kintai Bridge,
in Spring




Night at Honmonji Temple, Ikegami



Evening Glow in Spring,
Toshogu Shrine, Ueno



Snow at Ueno Kiyomizudo



Rainy season at
Ryoshimachi, Shinagawa



Agatsuma Gorge



Snow at Ueno Toshogu
Shrine



Snow storm at Hataori,
Shiobara



Tengu Rock, Shiobara



Spring Night at Inokashira



Twilight at Ushibori



Komagata-gashi Riverbank [Reproduction]

 

 

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