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Hasui Kawase:

Born in Toyko. Given name Bunjiro. Studied as a boy with Aoyagi Bokusen and Araki Kan’yu and as an adult with Okada Saburosuke and Kaburagi Kiyokata. Exhibited Japanese-style paintings with Ugokai and Kyodokai. Inspired by Ito Shinsui’s Eight Views of Lake Biwa, which he saw at a Kyodokai exhibition. Sought affiliation with Watanabe Shozaburo by preparing sketches for prints resulting in initial prints of 4 scenes of Shiobara Hot Springs in 1918 and ultimately a lifetime of collaboration. Watanabe published over 100 prints designed by Hasui between 1918 and the 1923 earthquake, among them 2 series entitled Souvenirs of Travel (Tabi miyage), 1919 and 1923, and Twelve Tokyo Subjects (Tokyo juni dai), 1919.


Shiko Munakata:

Born in Aomori prefecture. Began self-study of oil painting and in 1920 organized Seikokai (Blue Light Group) to hold exhibitions twice a year. First went to Tokyo in 1924. Inspired to make moku-hanga by seeing a Kawakami Sumio print in 1926. Studied briefly with Hiratsuka Un’ichi in 1928. Exhibited prints with Kokugakai from 1930; member 1932-1953. Member of Nihon Hanga Kyokai 1932-1938.


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