Kawase Hasui

Japanese , 1883 - 1957

Hasui Kawase was born with the given name of “Bunjiro” in Tokyo. As a child he learned to paint in the Western style. His first teacher, Saburosuke Okada taught him watercolor and oil painting. When he was twenty-six, Hasui tried to gain acceptance as a student of Kiyokata Kaburagi, but he was rejected for being too old. When he tried again two years later, he was accepted as a student and as Kiyokata recognized his talent, he introduced Hasui to Watanabe Shozaburo.

From 1918 to 1923, Hasui created over one hundred woodblock prints, all published by Shozaburo. Most of these prints were exported to the United States and in 1923, when Japan was hit by one of the worst earthquakes in history, Hasui’s print shop, and everything in it, was destroyed. Essentially Hasui had to start over from scratch and he produced more than 400 woodblock designs for Watanabe before his death in 1957.

A master of landscape prints, Hasui became famous for his night scenes and scenes of snow and rain. He rarely used people as subjects. Hasui was named a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government in 1956.
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Selection of Scenes from Japan: Hakozaki in Chikuzen

1922

Scholten Japanese Art

$5,500 - $12,000

Eight Views of Korea: Pulguk Temple, Kyongju

1939

Scholten Japanese Art

$2,200 - $5,500

Mount Unzen, Hizen

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Price upon request

Dusk at Kiba

1920

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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Shinkawa at Night

1919

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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Nagare Pleasure Quarter

1920

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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Snow at Inokashira

1928

Verne Collection, Inc.

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Small Boat on a Spring Shower

1920

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

$5,500 - $12,000

Morning at Niju Bridge (Sunset Variant Printing)

1930

Thomas French Fine Art

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Evening Snow at Sanjugen Canal

1920

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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Snow at Shinobazu Benten Shrine

1931

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

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Shiba Zozoji, from the series: 20 Views of Tokyo

1925

The Art of Japan

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Daybreak over Lake Yamanaka

1931

Thomas French Fine Art

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Snow at Zojo Temple, Shiba

1925

Verne Collection, Inc.

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