'Rain at Maekawa in Sagami Province' (1932)
'Evening Snowfall at Kiyomizu Temple' (1950)
'Spring Night at Inokashira Park' (1931)
'The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba' (1929)
Kawase Hasui is an interesting figure in the history of Japanese woodblock print art. He was a prominent figure in the shin hanga
("new woodblock prints") movement, which can be broadly understood as continuing the tradition of the style being a collaborative process between multiple parties (artist, carver, printer, publisher) while incorporating introduced Western artistic technique. This stood in contrast to the new wave of art being produced called sōsaku hanga
("creative prints"), where the emphasis was placed on one artist taking the lead in every stage of the print's production.
It's also notable for being largely funded, as a movement, by Western patrons and buyers. This was due, in part, to ukiyo-e
as a broader body of work being considered mass commercial work within Japan (where art schools began placing high emphasis on Western artistic techniques and single-person created works), whereas in the West woodblock printing in the style was viewed as fine art, prized for what was broadly perceived as its depiction of a romanticised, nostalgic Japan.
Kawase Hasui was declared a 'Living National Treasure' in 1956 by the Japanese government, a year before his passing in 1957.