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Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces

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A selection of one hundred masterpieces by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the twentieth century. Large full colour illustrations show the enormous variety of snow, moon and rain scenes for which Hasui became famous. Introduction to Kawase Hasui by Ken Brown. (See also our publication 'Kawase Hasui The complete woodblock prints', 2003). Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the 20th century. His prints, produced under the guidance and stern eye of his publisher, Watanabe Shtzaburt, are the modern continuation of the unforgettable works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, 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 Shtzaburt, recognised 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.

Book News Annotation:

This volume presents 100 color plates of the wood block paintings (Shin-hanga of early 20th century Japanese artist Kawase Hasui. The simply colored, tranquil landscapes portray, as the books first essay points out, an earlier Japan, less modern than that in which the artist lived--the movement he was part of looked to the Ukiyo-e of the Edo period (1600-1868) for subject matter and technique, while advancing the process to work with modern tools. The second essay details Hasui's life and work. Hotei is an imprint of BRILL. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century, and he is most closely associated with the pioneering Shin-hanga ('New Prints') publisher Watanabe Sh?zabur? (1885-1962). Following on the success of the catalogue raisonne - "Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints" - published by Hotei Publishing in 2003, "Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces" brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artist's most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasui's life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown.

Synopsis:

Following on the success of the catalogue raisonne - Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints - published by Hotei Publishing in 2003, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artist's most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasui's life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown. Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century, and he is most closely associated with the pioneering Shin-hanga ('New Prints') publisher Watanabe Sh?zabur? (1885-1962). Hasui's work became hugely popular, not only in his native Japan but also in the West, especially in the United States. His valuable contribution to the woodblock print medium was acknowledged in 1956, a year before his death, when he was honoured with the distinction of 'Living National Treasure'.

Product Details

ISBN:
9789074822688
Author:
Hasui, Kawase
Publisher:
Hotei Publishing
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Landscapes
Subject:
Art-Museums and Collections
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
149
Dimensions:
11.44x8.70x.47 in. 1.64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century, and he is most closely associated with the pioneering Shin-hanga ('New Prints') publisher Watanabe Sh?zabur? (1885-1962). Following on the success of the catalogue raisonne - "Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints" - published by Hotei Publishing in 2003, "Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces" brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artist's most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasui's life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown.
"Synopsis" by , Following on the success of the catalogue raisonne - Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints - published by Hotei Publishing in 2003, Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces brings together in a single volume one hundred of the artist's most celebrated prints. Fully illustrated, this publication includes annotated descriptions for each work, as well as two essays on Hasui's life and work by Dr. Kendall H. Brown. Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is considered the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century, and he is most closely associated with the pioneering Shin-hanga ('New Prints') publisher Watanabe Sh?zabur? (1885-1962). Hasui's work became hugely popular, not only in his native Japan but also in the West, especially in the United States. His valuable contribution to the woodblock print medium was acknowledged in 1956, a year before his death, when he was honoured with the distinction of 'Living National Treasure'.
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