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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



Rain at Ushibori  33,000円($330.00) each

SIZE : W 26.2 / H 37.4 (cm)


霞ヶ浦の水運が発達し、蒸気船(通運丸、銚子丸など)が通るようになると、 ここには牛堀河岸が作られ、水産業の問屋や、佃煮の加工業者などが 多く集まった場所です。

Full Moon at Arakawa River  US$278 each

SIZE : W 23.6 / H 36.1 (cm)


「東京ニ十景」という20作シリーズの一点。 現在、一級河川でもある荒川の岸辺に家があるとは、ありえないことですが、当時としては よくある風景だったのでしょう。当時は月光りがこれほど明るいものであり、家からの灯や 川に浮かぶ小船、子を背負う女性などが構図良く加わって、月夜の静寂さが伝わってきます。








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