Kawase Hasui: Zentsüji Temple, Sanshü - Honolulu Museum of Art

Artist: Kawase Hasui

Title: Zentsüji Temple, Sanshü

Date: 1937

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Source: Honolulu Museum of Art
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Description: The series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II, Kansai Edition contains a total of 23 prints which were produced between 1933 and 1941. The series focuses on famous places and views in the Kansai area including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe. This print shows the temple of Zentsüji in Shikoku, an important pilgrimage site closely connected with the influential Heian-period Buddhist monk Kükai, who brought the esoteric teachings of the Shingon sect from China, and established this temple in 807. Like his 19th century predecessor Hiroshige, Hasui was well known for his use of atmospheric effects such as rain and mist, and this is a typical composition for the artist depicting the pagoda of Zentsüji on a rainy day. (“Picturesque Prints: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Art in the 20th Century” 05/27/2010 - 08/1/2010)

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