Hasui was a prominent Japanese painter in the late 1800's and early 1900's. His paintings were mostly of rural life and landscapes in traditional oil and watercolor paint. However, he also created a large body of woodblock prints and is best known in the West as one of the greatest artists of the new print movement which was a revitalization of ancient woodblock prints.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) woodcut. "Although Hasui is not well known in Japan, he is famous abroad. Hokusai, Hiroshige and Hasui are the three greatest woodblock print artists of Japan ..." (Narazaki Muneshige in the 1950s) Kawase Hasui is one the great masters of the Shin Hanga movement. Shortly before his death, his art work was declared a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government.