Artwork of the Week: December 13

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Zōjō Temple, Shiba from “Twenty Views of Tokyo"

Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883–1957), Zōjō Temple, Shiba from “Twenty Views of Tokyo,”color woodblock print, 1925. 15 1/4 x 10 5/16 in. Canaday Gallery

Kawase Hasui trained in the traditional Japanese painting style as well as the art of traditional woodblock prints, known as ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”). Much of his work focused on landscapes and portraits of Kabuki Theater actors, and in the early 20th century he was approached by the publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō to create woodblock designs in the shin hanga (“new prints”) style, which combined traditional methods with Western influence. Hasui quickly became widely recognized for his woodblock prints, such as this one of Zōjō Temple in Tokyo, his most popular image.

Come see this print in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints before the exhibition closes on January 1, 2014.

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