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Kawase Hasui : The Complete Woodblock Prints - Kendall Brown

Kawase Hasui

The Complete Woodblock Prints

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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. With the exception of a single print, his main oeuvre is shown in its entirety in full colour in this new publication. Also included are the prints Hasui produced for other publishers, including pieces never before reproduced, as well as monochrome illustrations of miscellaneous prints, such as postcards, doll prints and others. Fifty-seven prints are shown in alternative states. 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, 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 1965, but it was only in 1977 that one of the 'grand old men' in the field of prints in Japan, Narazaki Muneshige, wrote a splendid monograph. His book, which is only very occasionally available at antiquarian bookshops, is now being replaced by this new complete, bilingual (English-Japanese)publication. Hotei Publishing produced this book in close cooperation with the daughter and grandson of the original publisher of 90% of Hasui's oeuvre, Watanabe Shtzaburt. The best examples of Hasui's work have been selected f

Industry Reviews

"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

ISBN: 9789074822466
ISBN-10: 9074822460
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 1st June 2003
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 30.48 x 25.4  x 6.99
Weight (kg): 5.04