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Kawase Hasui – Kanetsuki Hall Bell Tower, Okayama


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An exemplary print of Hasui’s amazing ability to capture evening and rain scenes, while also bringing subtle emotion through the solitary figure with the umbrella. Two points of color and brilliance, the flowers on the balcony and the umbrella itself, lend an aspect of storytelling to the scene.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized woodblock is in very fine condition, and it would be excellent condition if not for the residue of backing on the verso of the print. Crisp paper with strong color and vibrant treatment of the flowers. The 6mm Watanabe publishing seal identifies this as a first edition as the print was published in 1947.

About the Artist

One of the most sought-after Japanese printmakers, and perhaps the most recognizable shin-hanga landscape artist. Kawase Hasui (川瀬巴水, 1883-1957) was born to a textile dealer as the first son. His uncle was Kanagaki Robun, a famous playwright. A pupil of Kaburaki Kiyokata who gave him the go of “Hasui”. Afterwards, he got to know Watanabe Shozaburo, then had a chance to see “Omi Hakkei” created by Ito Shinsui from the same school as his, which brought about an interest in the woodblock printing. In 1918, he released three pieces of “Shiobara” from Watanabe Printshop, afterwards, produced a number of landscape prints throughout his life and is considered one of the greats of the Shin Hanga art movement in Japanese woodblock printing.

Notes when buying: Hasui woodblocks were printed and reprinted both during his lifetime and post-mortem. When evaluating a Hasui woodblock, it is important to look carefully at the publisher seal, which will give a rough approximation for when the print in question was published, which can then be compared to when that print was originally published. Learn more about recognizing Watanabe-published editions here.


Hasui, Kawase


(A) Very Fine Condition




First Edition, Lifetime




Watanabe Shozaburo


Oban (10"x15")


Landscape, Rain, Solitude

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