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Kawase Hasui

Known for his exquisite landscape prints, Kawase Hasui was one of the most prolific and talented shin hanga artists of the early 20th century. He designed over six hundred woodblock prints, mainly for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, although he also briefly worked for several other publishers. Many people feel that Hasui's most original work was done at the beginning of his career. Unfortunately, the blocks for Hasui's earliest prints were destroyed in the devastating 1923 Kanto earthquake and they were never reprinted. Consequently, Hasui's pre-earthquake prints are among the rarest and most sought-after shin hanga.

Like Hiroshi Yoshida, Hasui travelled frequently and filled sketchbooks with his drawings of scenic places around Japan. Many of his print designs are based on his beautifully executed watercolors. In 1953, the Japanese government decided to commemorate traditional printmaking. They were prepared to honor Hasui as a National Living Treasure, but realizing the collaborative nature of his prints, they decided to commission a special woodblock print instead. This print, Snow at Zozoji Temple, was designated as an Intangible Cultural Treasure, a great honor for Hasui and for the craftsmen that made his prints possible.

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Postcard Prints


Souvenirs of Travels, 1st series


Twelve Tokyo Subjects


Pictures of Mitsubishi Fukagawa Villa


Souvenirs of Travels, 2nd series


Selection of Scenes of Japan


Souvenirs of Travels, 3rd series


Prints published by Isetatsu


Twenty Scenes of Tokyo


Prints published by Bijutsusha


Prints published by Kawaguchi & Sakai


Prints published by Kato Junji


Prints published by Tokyo Shobido


Prints published by Doi Teiichi


Shinto and its Architecture


Kabuki Actor Prints