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Kawase Hasui

One of the most prominent Japanese print designers of the 20th century, Hasui (1883–1957) was a Japanese artist prominent in the Shin-hanga (new prints) art movement that revitalized traditional Japanese ukiyo-e or woodblock prints rooted in the 17th-19th century. Since his youth he dreamed of an art career, but his parents had him take on the family rope and thread wholesaling business. Only the business’s bankruptcy when he was 26 freed him to pursue art. He concentrated on making prints and watercolors of actors, everyday life, and landscapes based his visits to Tokyo and travels around Japan.