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Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957) Color Woodblock Print, "Zojo Temple"

Unframed Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883-1957) color woodblock print, "Zojo Temple", from "Twenty Views of Tokyo". Signed lower right, titles lower left with Watanabe publisher 6mm seal lower left. Dimensions: (sheet) 15.5"h x 10.25"w. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $50.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

One of the most prolific of all shin hanga printmakers, Kawase Bunjirō was born into a merchant family and raised in the Shiba district of Tokyo. During a long illness he became interested in drawing and painting, and in 1897 he began to study with the painter Kawabata Gyokushō (1842–1913). However, he had to give up his education after only two years in order to take over his family’s business. Hasui was eventually able to resume his studies, this time with Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878–1972). It was not until 1910 that Kiyokata gave him his gō (artist’s name) “Hasui,” meaning “born of the reeds.”  While studying at Kiyokata’s academy, Hasui met and befriended a fellow artist, Itō Shinsui; after seeing Shinsui’s print series “Eight Views of Omi,” Hasui was inspired to create woodblock prints.

Hasui loved to travel and would often paint watercolors of Japan's most beautiful places. In 1918 he began a long collaboration with publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, making prints from his original paintings. In the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, both Hasui's house and Watanabe’s studio were destroyed, along with most of Hasui’s work. Undaunted, Hausi soon set out on another journey, creating more designs for a print series that Watanabe published in 1924. Hasui continued to work for Watanabe until the artist’s death in 1957. Near the end of his career, in 1952, the Japanese government officially recognized Hasui for his contributions to the art of printmaking.

 

 

Condition:

Toning, minor smudges left margin. Old tape at corners verso. Pencil notation lower left verso. Pinhole upper right corner and upper center margin. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,725
05/26/2021

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% through witherells.com.  Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards.