Futatsu Hall at Nikko (Nikko Futatsudo), 1929

by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

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Futatsu Hall at Nikko (Nikko Futatsudo), 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Original Hasui (1883 - 1957) Japanese Woodblock Print
Futatsu Hall at Nikko (Nikko Futatsudo), 1929

Kawase Hasui (1883 - 1957) - Born in Tokyo in 1883, this great master of the twentieth-century shin hanga (new prints) school spent most of his adult life as a woodblock printmaker. Unlike earlier ukiyo-e artists whose landscapes typically featured famous sites, Hasui was one of the first artists to record the unknown rural places and urban corners that he found so captivating. He traveled often and recorded the scenic wonders of Japan with drawings and watercolor paintings, which became the basis for many of his prints.

In the face of rapid modernization during the twentieth century, Hasui's prints evoke a sense of nostalgia for old Japan and a respect for traditional culture. His romanticized views emphasize the beauty of the natural landscape; figures are absent or often small and insignificant in comparison. His talent for capturing a mood, illustrating a scene, and drawing the viewer into the image makes for some of the most appealing Japanese woodblocks ever created. Hasui was known for his spectacular snow, rain and night scenes. These wonderful atmospheric landscapes are among his best work.

A prolific artist, Hasui created about six hundred woodblock print designs during his long career, the majority of them for publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. In 1953 the Japanese government bestowed its greatest artistic honor on him by commissioning a print, Snow at Zozoji Temple, and designating it as an Intangible Cultural Treasure.

Comments - Quiet scene of a lone visitor making his way across the grounds of the shrine at Nikko as a light rain falls. Rows of trees fill the background with richly shaded foliage, creating a striking three-dimensional effect beneath the cloudy gray sky. The intricately detailed red shrine buildings are reflected in soft tones on the watery pavement. A beautiful, peaceful image, rendered with muted tones and fine bokashi shading..

Signed - Hasui with red artist's seal "Kawase"
Publisher - Kawaguchi, later edition from original blocks

Artist - Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent condition overall with full margins, has never been mounted.

Futatsu Hall at Nikko (Nikko Futatsudo), 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Futatsu Hall at Nikko (Nikko Futatsudo), 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)