Folder: Plum Blossoms in the Park
Front: Plum Park in Kameido, 1857, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japan.
Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Tokyo) has become one of the most celebrated landscape series in the history of Japanese woodblock printing. He also exerted tremendous influence on Western art, especially on the Impressionists.
Back: Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree, 1887 (after Hiroshige), Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Netherlands.
Vincent van Gogh incorporated Japanese art in his work, copying his favorite Hiroshige masterpieces.
We juxtapose these two prints on one folder to accentuate the confluence of East and West in classic art.
Note cards and sticky notes:
White Plum Blossoms and Moon, 1755, Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800), Japan.
“The full moon is veiled by a gnarled Prunus, the image is full of symbolism, the ancient old tree decorated with the fresh life of blossoms. The tree is so old that it supports fungi rendered by Jakuchu in turquoise.”
Review excerpt by Adrian Higgins, 4/18/2012, Washington Post, about National Gallery of Art exhibit on Ito Jakuchū.