Hasui Kawase

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Also known as Hasui

Hasui Kawase (川瀬巴水, 18 May 1883 – 7 Nov. 1957)

Kawase Hasui, whose name is Kawase Bunjiro, is widely known by his professional name, Hasui.
Born at Shiba, Tokyo, on May 15, 1883. From childhood he loved to paint; later, he became a pupil of Kaburagi Kiyokata, and he exhibited his first picture for the Tatsumi Painting Exhibition in 1912.
During the early stage of his art career, Hasui produced only paintings: he became interested in wood block prints after seeing Shinsui’s prints, Eight Views of Lake Biwa.

Some of Hasui’s small landscape pictures led S. Watanabe of the Watanabe Print Shop to see his possibilities as a print artist, and Hasui did his first color prints from a series of sketches made at Shiobara in 1918.

There were followed by several series: Twelve Views of Tokyo, the Souvenirs of Travel, First Series in 1919, the Souvenirs of Travel, Second Series consisting of 28 prints, in 1923, and The Twelve Month in Tokyo.

...Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series was the first prints after the earthquake disaster. Since then he continued to actively produce prints until his death on November 27, 1957, in Tokyo.
Steve Jobs ...was also fervent collector of Hasui.

Hasui Kawase (川瀬 巴水 Kawase Hasui?, May 18, 1883–Nov. 7, 1957); prominent late19th and early 20th century Japanese painter, and one of the chief printmakers in the shin-hanga.

He designed over 600 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.
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