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Kawase Hasui (1883 - 1957)

Hasui was a great master of the twentieth-century shin-hanga (new prints) school. 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.

Early life

Born in Tokyo in 1883, Hasui was always interested in art. He studied ukiyo-e and Japanese-style painting at the studio of Kiyokata Kaburagi. He also studied Western-style painting for a couple years. He had taken over his family’s wholesale rope business, but it failed when he was in his twenties, and he turned to art as a career.

Woodblock printing

Hasui 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. 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.

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Evening Snow by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Evening Snow
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Beautiful, rare small Hasui print
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Shiba Great Gate (Shiba Daimon), 1926 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Shiba Great Gate (Shiba Daimon), 1926
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Night Rain at Omiya, 1930 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Night Rain at Omiya, 1930
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$495.00
$445.98
Fixed Price
Moon at Enoshima Beach, 1933 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Moon at Enoshima Beach, 1933
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$585.00
$526.98
Fixed Price
Spring Snow, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Spring Snow, Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$418.98
Fixed Price
Snow at Daichi (Daichi no yuki), 1925 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snow at Daichi (Daichi no yuki), 1925
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Snow at Ueno, Toshogu Shrine, 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snow at Ueno, Toshogu Shrine, 1929
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Snow at Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, 1930 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snow at Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, 1930
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Snow at Funabori, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snow at Funabori, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$365.00
$328.98
Fixed Price
Early Summer Rain, Arakawa, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Early Summer Rain, Arakawa, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$418.98
Fixed Price
Snowy Kiyomizudo, Ueno, 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snowy Kiyomizudo, Ueno, 1929
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Karikachi Mountain Pass by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Karikachi Mountain Pass
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Kiso River, Inuyama by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Kiso River, Inuyama
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Kegon Falls, Nikko by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Kegon Falls, Nikko
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Mount Unzen, Hizen by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Mount Unzen, Hizen
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Kankai-ji Temple in Beppu by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Kankai-ji Temple in Beppu
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Lake Towada by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Lake Towada
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Snow at Miyajima, 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Snow at Miyajima, 1929
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Winter Moon over Toyama Plain, 1931 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Winter Moon over Toyama Plain, 1931
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$418.98
Fixed Price
Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$418.98
Fixed Price
Muroto Promontory, Tosa by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Muroto Promontory, Tosa
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rare Hasui series, beautiful designs
$445.00
$400.98
Fixed Price
Twilight at Ushibori, 1930 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Twilight at Ushibori, 1930
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Evening at Itako, 1930 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Evening at Itako, 1930
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$391.98
Fixed Price
Night at the Pond Edge (Shinobazu Pond), 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Night at the Pond Edge (Shinobazu Pond), 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$585.00
$526.98
Fixed Price
Evening Snow at Edo River, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Evening Snow at Edo River, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$372.97
Fixed Price
Rain at Ushibori, 1929 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Rain at Ushibori, 1929
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$435.00
$348.97
Fixed Price
Lake Kawaguchi, 1932 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Lake Kawaguchi, 1932
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$365.00
$292.97
Fixed Price
Hama-cho River Bank (Hamachogashi), 1925 by Hasui (1883 - 1957)
Hama-cho River Bank (Hamachogashi), 1925
Hasui (1883 - 1957)
$465.00
$372.97
Fixed Price