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.
Kendall H. Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at California State University, Long Beach, California, where he teaches the art of India, China and Japan. Following his research into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japanese painting and publications such as The Politics of Reclusion: Painting and Power in Momoyama Japan (1997), his interests turned to the twenthieth century and to woodblock prints. His publications in this field include Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints (2003), abridged in Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui’s Masterpieces (2004). Counted among his exhibition catalogues are Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco (2002), A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (2002), Between Two Worlds: the Life and Art of Lilian May Miller (1998), Shin hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (1996) and Light and Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa 1926-1945 (1996). He was also contributor to Art of the Japanese Postcard (2004). He is currently writing a social history of Japanese gardens in North America.
“These attractively slipcased volumes, formatted
to enable the user to view the plate while reading
the pertinent commentary and data, are
something that all collectors and admirers of
Hasui will want to own.”
Peter Dailey in Impressions
“These two sumptuous volumes must surely be
the very last word on the best known of all Shin
Hanga print designers, the landscape artist
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). (…) The meticulous
scholarship of this catalogue is a fitting tribute to
half a century of patient craftmanship and
atmospheric scene scetting.”
Joe Earle in The Art Newspaper
General audience, scholars and collectors of Japanese prints, in particular those who are interested in Japanese landscape prints and Kawase Hasui.