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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.

Full Moon at Izura, Ibaraki Pref. US$278 each

SIZE : W 36.5 / H 24.2 (cm)

Designed in 1952
This hexagon house is called Izura Rokkakudo, and it was designed by Tenshin Okakura in 1905. He enjoyed reading and thinking in this place.
On March 11, 2011, it was completely destroyed by tsunami caused by the big earthquake of east Japan. It was re-built in the next year, but it is too hard to keep same view around it.
Therefore, this is valuable work to represent the original view.

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.

Night at Honmonji Temple, Ikegami  US$278 each

SIZE : W 36.0 / H 24.5 (cm)

Designed in 1954
This five‐storied pagoda was built in Ikegami Honmonji temple in 1607, and it is the oldest one in Kanto area in existence.
It was very familiar place for Hasui, because Shinsui Ito who was a close friend lived in there.
Hasui sometimes draw the temple picture, and the five‐storied pagoda too.
On this work, he represent it under the moon light situation.

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.


Evening Glow in Spring, Toshogu Shrine, Ueno 

 US$278 each

SIZE :  W 24.0 / H 36.2 (cm)

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.


Snow at Benten Shrine Entrance, Inokashira  US$278 each

SIZE : W 36.0 / H 24.0 (cm)

Designed in 1929
This view seems to be in Inogashira park in Tokyo.
But, it is not sure there was a small shrine in there in 1929.
Hasui is good at drawing composition, red shrine with snow like this.


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.



Starry Night at Tsubosaka Temple, Nara  US$278 each

SIZE : W 24.5 / H 36.0 (cm)

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.



Konjikido in Snow, Hiraizumi

Autumn at Funatsu near Lake Kawaguchi

Snow storm at Hataori, Shiobara

Dawn at the Nihonbashi Bridge

Moonrise at Futago Island, Matsushima

Snow at Mukojima

Snowfall at Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

Kasuga Shrine, Nara

Honmonji Temple in Snow

Iris garden at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto, in Autumn

Snow at Ueno Toshogu Shrine

Mt.Fuji seen from Oshino

Snow at Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko

Snow at Yagumo Bridge of Nagata Shrine, Kobe

Evening at Itako

Snow at Itsukushima 

Snow at Ueno Kiyomizudo

Rain at Ushibori 

Komagata-gashi Riverbank [Reproduction]

Cherry Blossom and Moon at Matsuyama Castle

Rainy season at Ryoshimachi, Shinagawa

Zojoji Temple in Snow

Sunset Glow at Nakoso

Rainy Night at Maekawa




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