Kawase Hasui:biography, woodblock prints artworks and for sale

(Last Updated On: 29/10/2018)

Kawase Hasui(1883-1957)

Kawase Hasui(川瀬巴水)  was a modern Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print(shin-hanga) artist who played an active part in the early 1900s and the middle.

Unfortunately, comparing to Katushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, he has not been so well-known in Japan. But he left 467 works of woodcut prints and received high praise from the other countries.



Kawase Hasui’s biography


Kawase Bunjiro(川瀬文治郎) was born in Shiba, Tokyo in 1883 and had a real name of Bunjiro. At the age of 14, he had been taught a Japanese painting by Aoyagi Bokusen(青柳墨川), a disciple of Kawabata Gyokusho(川端玉章), then Araki Kanyu(荒木寛友).


However, at that time, opposed by his parents, he stopped studying pictures in one or two years. After that, Bunjiro helped the family business for a while. And it declined and when he was 26 years, he started to learn Western painting at Aoibashi Western painting school of Hakuba-kai.



Two years later, he became a disciple of Kaburaki Kiyokata(鏑木清方), and he got the name of Hasui from his master. In 1918, the same fellow, Ito, published “Eight Views of Ōmi” from Watanabe printing shop. 


The owner of the shop Watanabe Shozaburo(渡辺庄三郎) had proposed a technique that inherited the traditional ukiyo-e technique since the Edo period. Inspired by it, Kawase Hasui decided to move on with the new ukiyo-e style, shin-hanga(new woodblock printing.



In that same year, he published three works, Okane Road, ShiobaraShiobara Hataori, and Shiobara Shiogama from the print shop. After that, he had traveled all over Japan and kept making landscape painting until 1957 when he died. His style was poetic and lyrical, so people called him “traveling poet”.



The gallery of Kawase Hasui’s woodblock printings

Tohoku region


Learn about the Konjikido


Kanto and Koushin’etsu region


Learn about the temple at Nikko


Chubu region


Kansai region



Learn about the World Heritage temples in Nara

Learn about the World Heritage temples in Kyoto




Sanin,Sanyo and Shikoku region



Kyushu region



If you want see his woodblock printings in your room…


Do you look for the posters of Hasui’s artworks?

Books of Kawase Hasui


Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui’s Masterpieces (Paperback)

Following on the success of the catalogue raisonné Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints published by Hotei Publishing in 2003, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasuis Masterpieces brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artists most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasuis life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown.

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Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints (Hardcover)

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century. His work is characterized by a fascination with light, climatic conditions and tranquility. His oeuvre consists of over 700 designs of which the largest proportion was produced for the initiator of the Shin hanga (‘new print’) movement, Watanabe Shôzaburô. This publication illustrates his oeuvre in color including all the designs he produced for other publishers. The illustrations are predominantly taken from the two largest collections of Hasui prints in the world: the collections of Robert O. Muller, now housed in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, and the Watanabe family. This bilingual publication includes essays by Kendall Brown and Shôichirô Watanabe, facsimiles of seals and signatures and a bibliography.
Originally published in 2003, this groundbreaking publication on the life and work of Kawase Hasui is now available with a DVD, which includes a 1950s film on the artist and the production of one of his designs, a process book displaying all stages in the creation of a Japanese woodblock print, and designs which have been discovered since 2003.

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Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints (Paperback)

Kawase Hasui (1883 1957) was one of the leading advocates of the shin hanga (new prints) movement in Japan. Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints is the first publication devoted to prints from Hasui s earliest and most creative period of woodblock print design, which lasted from 1918 through the Great Earthquake of 1923, when many of his early prints were destroyed. These works illustrate Japan s landscape, the beauty of urban spaces, and modern life in Japan. Through these tranquil, dreamlike works, the publication explores the themes of nostalgia and longing the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taish period (1912 1926), an era of rapid social and cultural change during Japan s modernization.

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Kawase Hasui Art Works [JAPANESE EDITION] (JP Oversized)

? including the beautiful nature drew masterpiece of four seasons of around, we recorded illustrations about 370 points. I can watch carefully in large format. ? To commemorate the birth 130 years, we will introduce the Gagyo over Taisho ~ is a guru of l

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