The Landscape Woodblock Prints of the Taisho and Showa Periods
Soft cover, Shimada City Museum, 134 pages, 8.25" x 10.75", 258 color illustrations, English and Japanese text, out of print
A selection of over 250 woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the twentieth century. Full color illustrations show the enormous variety of snow, moon and rain scenes for which Hasui became famous.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the most important Japanese landscape artists of the 20th century. His prints, produced under the guidance and stern eye of his publisher, Watanabe are the modern continuation of the unforgettable works of the 19th-century masters of this genre. As none other, he could evoke Japan of the eventful interwar period.
Hasui's work enjoyed huge popularity from his very first print of 1918. In contrast to his illustrious 19th-century predecessors, his work was immediately successful in the rest of the world. His publisher, Watanabe recognized the enormous potential of the American market, which resulted in Hasui's prints fetching high prices at auctions in New York as early as the 1920s. After the Second World War, his prints were highly desired and sought after collectible items among the American occupying forces in Japan. Hasui's work has always been greatly appreciated in Japan. He was acknowledged as a Living National Treasure in 1956.