Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces

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Following on the success of the catalogue raisonné - 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 ...

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Overview

Following on the success of the catalogue raisonné - 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 Shōzaburō (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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074822688
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 915,038
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Kendall H. Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at California State University, Long Beach, California, where he teaches the art of India, China and Japan. Following his research into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japanese painting and publications, his interests turned to the twentieth century and to woodblock prints.
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Table of Contents

A place for poetry : Shin-hanga landscape in modern Japan 9
Poet of place : the life and art of Kawase Hasui 19
Watanabe copyright ownership seals 32
Plates 37
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Introduction to leading 20th-century Japan printmaker

    One hundred woodblock prints of the 20th-century Japanese artist Hasui are cataloged in bright colors on large pages roughly 9' x 11'. Captions for the hundred are grouped following the prints. With annotations which are comments by Hasui on the particular print or informative remarks by Narazaki Munishige, editor of a book on the artist's prints, the captions are instructive. Instructive too are two introductory essays by Kendall H. Brown. The first is on the Japanese cultural sources of Hasui's prints; the second focuses on Hasui's life and art. The succinct text with the appealing pictures of numerous prints offers an ideal introduction to and sampling of the woodblock prints by this outstanding Japanese artist who is regarded as one of the primary artists of the 20th-century Japanese art movement known as 'New prints' (Shin-hanga).

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