Kawase Hasui Japanese Woodblock Moonlit & Snow Prints

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Sangatsu-do Pavilion in Nara on a snowy Day by Hasui-postcard size 5.8 by 3.9 inches
SHN327 $145
Rising Moon at Nagase-Unknown Artist circa 1930
SHN120 $395
Moonlit Sea by Koho Shoda
SHN323 $295
Koho Shoda, Canal Under the Moonlight
SHN123
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Eijiro Koyobashi, Evening Cool on the Sumida River
SHN125 $275
Suma Beach at Night 1930 by Yoshimune Arai
SHN324 $345
Tsukagoshi Shrine by Hiroaki Takahashi 1936
SHN325 $345
Torii and Full Moon by Kiyochika Kobayashi 1930
SHN326 $395
Moon over a Canal F. Miyagi 1930
SHN328 $225
Lighted House by Kiyochika Kobayashi 1930
SHN329 $325
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Kawase Hasui Japanese Woodblock Moonlit & Snow Prints

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is one the great masters of the Shin Hanga movement. Shortly before his death, the Japanese government declared his art work a Living National Treasure, the highest honor bestowed in modern-day Japan.

Shin Hanga, or “new prints” incorporated Western tastes and eye for beauty into traditional Japanese art. Their popularity is largely due to the efforts of Shozaburo Watanabe, a keen businessman who gathered young artists around him to learn the new European concepts of perspective, light and shade. Today, Shoichiro Wantanbe continues the long family tradition, and still issues Hasui prints from the original woodblock designs.

Hasui was born in Tokyo and studied both Japanese and European painting techniques as a child. His interest in Japanese woodblock prints developed during his apprenticeship at the age of 27 with the famous Japanese painter, Kaburaki Kiyokata, and his friendship with another apprentice, Ito Shinsui.

The master of landscape prints, Hasui’s intense blue night scenes and the designs showing snowfall or rain are hugely popular with their vivid colouring and entrancing natural beauty. The artist's landscape prints hardly ever show people, partially because he was nearsighted and needed to wear thick glasses to see details. People also would not stand still long enough for him to work. He traveled the length and breadth of Japan to create his art, sketching out a scenic landscape before him then adding color later. On his return visits to Tokyo, Watanabe's wood carvers would make the blocks for printing.


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