Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was the foremost Japanese landscape print artist of the 20th century. His work is characterised by a fascination with light, climatic conditions and tranquillity. His oeuvre consists of over 700 designs of which the largest part was produced for Watanabe Shozaburo, the initiator of the Shin hanga movement. This volume, the first comprehensive study of Hasui's life and work in English, presents his entire oeuvre in colour. Also included are the prints Hasui produced for other publishers as well as pieces never before produced.
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 such as The Politics of Reclusion: Painting and Power in Momoyama Japan (1997), his interests turned to the twenthieth century and to woodblock prints. His publications in this field include Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints (2003), abridged in Visions of Japan: Kawase Hasui's Masterpieces (2004). Counted among his exhibition catalogues are Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco (2002), A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (2002), Between Two Worlds: the Life and Art of Lilian May Miller (1998), Shin hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (1996) and Light and Darkness: Women in Japanese Prints of Early Showa 1926-1945 (1996). He was also contributor to Art of the Japanese Postcard (2004). He is currently writing a social history of Japanese gardens in North America.