Hasui Kawase, Honmonji Temple, Winter View

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Hasui Kawase (1883-1957)
Title: Honmonji Temple at Ikegami
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo
Date: 1946-1957
Condition report: Black border slightly faded, some marks from the previous mounting, light crease on the top.
Size: 27.3 x 39.3 cm


Hasui Kawase was a shin-hanga (lit. 'new woodblock prints') artist best known for creating peaceful landscape prints by balancing refinement with respect for the ordinary. His prints are modern, but their themes and locations depicted yearn for a Japan past.


In this winter landscape, the snowy road leads to Hanmonji, a large Nichiren Buddhist Temple located in southern Tokyo. A majestic pine tree heavy with snow contrasts with the misty background. Snow flakes gently fall from the sky, creating a dream-like, serene atmosphere. The only colour accent is represented by garments of the people heading to the temple.

More Information
Print Format Dai-Oban
Artist Name Hasui Kawase
Title Honmonji Temple at Ikegami
Subject Landscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 27.3 x 39.3 cm
Publisher Watanabe