VA -- Richmond -- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- Exhibit: Celebration of Spring: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui:
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Description of Pictures: Celebration of Spring: Woodblock Prints by Kawase Hasui
May 10, 2010 to March 31, 2011
The Japanese artist Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was born in the in the Shiba ward of Tokyo. The Kawase family's fourth child and first son, Hasui was expected to take over the family business but his true passion was art. Finally at age twenty-five, he was able to pursue his artistic interest and attempted to join the atelier of painter Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878-1973) but was considered too old to begin artistic studies. After two years and several attempts, however, he was finally accepted into Kaburagi's studio.
During his early years, Hasui worked primarily as a commercial illustrator for magazines and advertisements. His career path changed in 1918 when he saw an exhibition of prints by Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) and was inspired to create prints of his own. That same year, Hasui's first experimental prints were published by Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), initiating a relationship that would last for the rest of Hasui's life.
Watanabe named the prints created by Hasui and others shin-hanga, meaning "new prints." By bringing together the talents of an artist, a block carver, a printer or block colorist, and a publisher, shin-hanga works mimicked the traditional collaborative process of ukiyo-e printmaking. However, the sensibility of this new style was very different from ukiyo-e: instead of the flat, stylized planes typical in ukiyo-e, shin-hanga incorporated aspects of Western draftsmanship and printmaking, including perspective and volumetric shading.
This exhibition features fifteen woodblock color prints by Hasui, selected from more than 320 Hasui prints donated by VMFA by Rene and Carolyn Balcer in 2006. These works, which focus on the season of spring, celebrate new life and nature's renewal and symbolize hopefulness for a prosperous year.
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences (Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN), and
my 5th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles).
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..