Kawase Hasui: The Seasons Boxed Notecard Assortment
• Printed in full color on recycled paper with soy based inks
• High-quality 250 gsm card stock
• Soft white envelopes
• Pomegranate’s notecard sets feature exclusive selections of art from museums and artists around the world
Box size: 5.375 x 7.375 x 1.5 in.
Card size: 5 x 7 in.
Kawase HasuiKawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883–1957) created Impressionist-influenced artwork that emphasized the beauty of Japan’s countryside and the changing seasons. His parents were merchants, but after trying his hand at the family business, Hasui decided it wasn’t for him. Instead, at 25 he began studying art at the school of master Japanese painter Kaburagi Kiyokata. Often on the road in search of inspiration, Hasui brought his watercolor sketches to the printing studio of publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, where they were transformed into woodblock prints for sale on the world market. The prints became especially popular in the United States. One of the most prolific artists of the shin hanga (new prints) movement, Hasui produced over 600 woodblock prints during his 40-year career. In 1956, he was awarded the prestigious title of Living National Treasure, the highest honor accorded to artists in postwar Japan.
This was the second boxed notecards featuring Kawase Hasui’s art that I’ve purchased. Kawase Hasui created woodblock prints with vivd colors, bold lines that create a crystal-clear view of his subjects. The paper quality is good and accepts fountain pen and rollerball inks without feathering.