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Original Hasui Woodblock Print Starlit Night at Miyajima 1928 Signed

Original Hasui Woodblock Print Starlit Night at Miyajima 1928 Signed

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By Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) dated 1928. Signed original.

Titled: Starlit Night at Miyajima

Series: Souvenirs of Travel III
15.25"H x 10.25"W
Signature: Hasui

Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo 渡辺木版美術画舖工信

Printer: Ono Gintarō 摺師 斧銀太郎

Condition: Very good color and impression. Some foxing visible along edges. Otherwise in very good condition

 Hasui Kawase (1883–1957) stands as a luminary within the realm of Japanese woodblock print artistry. Born in Tokyo, his journey into the world of art began under the tutelage of Kaburagi Kiyokata, where he initially delved into the realm of oil painting. However, it was his fortuitous encounter with the esteemed artist and publisher Shozaburo Watanabe that ignited his passion for woodblock printing.

Under Watanabe's guidance, Hasui honed his craft, drawing inspiration from both traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints and Western artistic movements, such as Impressionism. Yet, it was Hasui's unique ability to fuse these influences with his profound reverence for the natural beauty of Japan that distinguished his work.

Embarking on numerous sketching expeditions across Japan, Hasui meticulously captured the essence of his homeland's landscapes, from the tranquil serenity of rural vistas to the bustling energy of urban cityscapes. These journeys not only provided fodder for his artistic endeavors but also served as a profound exploration of Japan's cultural and historical richness.

A leading figure in the shin-hanga movement, Hasui's prints epitomized the marriage of traditional craftsmanship with innovative design. His compositions exuded a sense of timelessness, evoking emotions and memories deeply rooted in the collective consciousness of his audience.

Through his collaborations with Watanabe and his unwavering dedication to his craft, Hasui garnered international acclaim, his prints resonating with collectors and connoisseurs alike. Today, his legacy endures as a testament to his unparalleled ability to capture the soul of Japan in delicate lines and vibrant hues, immortalizing the nation's beauty for generations to come.

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