Plum Blossom in the Park by Hiroshige and van Gogh is the spring image in our Four Seasons Classic Collection:
In one of the most endearing and best known prints from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Hiroshige depicts a plum tree branch in a vertical format, novel for landscapes at the time. Thirty years later Vincent van Gogh reproduced the scene with flat shapes and a unique perspective in a work that speaks to the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking.
Kawase Hasui was named a Living National Treasure in Japan in 1956. We chose from his beautifully executed watercolors depicting tranquil locales in an urbanizing Japan three elegant and tranquil images for our Summer, Autumn and Winter image in our Four Season series.