Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Bridge on a Starry Night
Date: 1930s, Hasui seal at right in red about one-third up from the bottom, published by Watanabe
Size: koban 5.1" X 7.65"
Condition: VG, drying hole in the upper margin, otherwise fine
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Documentation: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei 2003, Hp-24 in Volume 1
About Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui is the most celebrated Japanese woodblock print designer of landscapes during the 20th century, and one of the primary artists of the shin hanga ("new prints") movement. As a youth, Hasui studied in the studio of Kaburagi Kiyokata, where he concentrated on watercolor paintings of kabuki stars, landscape and other genre works, which were often published as illustrations. In the early Taisho period, Hasui was introduced to the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo who had been drawn to the talent of Kaburagi Kiyokata's students. Shortly thereafter, Hasui began designing woodblock prints for Watanabe, eventually accumulating a body of work of over 600 different print designs with Watanabe and a few other publishers including Doi. In 1956 Hasui was named a Living National Treasure of Japan by the Japanese government.