Hasui 巴水: Including a Collection of Pre-earthquake Designs
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) is a towering figure in 20th century Japanese woodblock prints. He worked with Watanabe Shozaburo to create more than 600 designs, the vast majority of them landscape scenes of Japan. Peaceful and harmonious, Hasui saw the world through the lens of his printmaker's eyes and his love of Japan is evident in every print. Hasui's works done prior to the devastating Kanto Earthquake of Sept., 1923 are especially prized, both for their exquisite beauty and great rarity. When collecting Hasui works, it is important to look for fresh, unfaded color, as many Hasui prints feature subtle colors that easily fade when exposed to light, especially soft yellow and pink. Hasui once described himself as an artist whose works are "wholly drawn from nature" (shasei sokkuri).