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HASUI - Japanese Woodblock Print AUTUMN TEMPLE 1951


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HASUI - Japanese Woodblock Print AUTUMN TEMPLE 1951


Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto, in Autumn

Date: 1951, published by Watanabe, this Hesei edition printed from the original wood blocks
Size: oban, with full margins, 10.625" X 15.5"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, nice surface texture, tight registration
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003

A gorgeous view of the primary Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto by woodcut master Kawase Hasui. Subtle prints like the one shown here, are clear evidence of why Hasui was named a national living treasure of Japan in 1953 (just two years after this print was designed). Click on the thumbnails below to see enlargements of this amazing print.

The vast complex of Zen temples revolving around Nanzen-ji is one of the most popular areas of Kyoto to visit. Nanzen-ji (lit. "Southern Zen Temple") is the head temple of the Nanzenji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism and is the presiding temples of the Kyoto Gozan or "Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto". The five temples in question are the Tenryu-ji, Tofuku-ji, Shokoku-ji, Kennin-ji and Manju-ji. Nanzen-ji was first established in 1264 as a villa for Emperor Kameyama, and became a temple upon his death in 1291. Most of th buildings were destroyed during the 15th century Onin Wars and consequently, most of the present structures only date from the 17th century. The massive San-mon Gate was built in 1628 and its second floor commands great views over the city. The prime attraction are the rock gardens and fusuma paintings in the Seiryo-den (Palace Hall). Among the several subtemples' Zen gardens, those of the Nanzen-in, Tenju-an and Konchi-in stand out as the most attractive. The location of the Nanzen-ji compound at the foot of the Hiagshiyama Hills is part of its charm. Bhind the Nanzen-in, a brick aqueduct built in 1890 leads to a small Shinto shrine and a waterfall well concealed in the depth of the lush woods. A track continues in the hills to the Daimon-ji temple (about two hours walk).

Known for his exquisite landscape prints, Kawase Hasui was one of the most prolific and talented shin hanga artists of the early 20th century. He designed approximately six hundred prints total, primarily for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, although he also worked for several other publishers briefly.

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