The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE)

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints (Richmond, VA)


Water and ShadowNovember 15, 2014 - March 29, 2015
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220


This exhibition presents a visually compelling selection of Japanese woodblock prints - as well as paintings and didactic material - that explores the dynamic early work of Japanese landscape artist Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Through the work of Hasui, the exhibition explores the themes of nostalgia and longing - the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taisho period, an era of dizzying social and cultural change.

It presents the best work of one of Japan's modern masters, featuring high quality objects that are compelling visually, often rare, and broadly resonant. The core themes of this art - the exploration of the native landscape and the discovery of a new urban beauty in response to the anonymity of modern life - are as relevant to American audiences now as they were to Japan in the 1920s.

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