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Rain at Nissaka near Shizuoka

Kawase Hasui produced over six hundred landscape prints in the course of his career with the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, most of them between 1918 and the great Kantō earthquake in September 1923. Watanabe encouraged Kawase to emulate the distinguished nineteenth-century print designers, especially Hiroshige (1795–1858), to whom Kawase is often compared. Rain at Nissaka near Shizuoka owes a debt to the famous series Fifty-Three Stations of the Hokkaido designed by Hiroshige around 1833. But Kawase Hasui, trained in both Western and Japanese painting styles, depicted form and mass in a more realistic manner. Kawase was named a Living National Treasure of Japan in 1956 at the age of seventy-three.

Kawase Hasui
Japanese, 1883–1957
Rain at Nissaka near Shizuoka, from the series Selection of Views of the Hokkaido
1942
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 5/8 x 14 3/16 in. (24.4 x 36.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Tina Slapar Jernigan in memory of Anna Potochnik, 2005.30