Hokusai, A Bullfinch and A Dropping Cherry Tree


A woodblock print from the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).



Hokusai, A Bullfinch and A Dropping Cherry Tree

A Bullfinch and A Dropping Cherry Tree is a beautiful woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

The rich blue colour contrasts with the blossom flowers and the tiny Bullfinch. It gives the impression of looking up into the sky and catching a glimpse of a tiny bird in the branches.

It is difficult to identify and date these Japanese prints. This print is probably mid-20th century.

The original of this print was from Hokusai’s later series from around 1834. Today this is referred to as Hokusai’s Small Flowers series.

This is a high quality and beautiful Hokusai print. The image is clean and sharp. The colours are bright. The paper is in excellent condition. This is not a reproduction. The impression of the woodblock can be seen on the reverse showing the quality of this print.

Paper size: 23 x 32 cm,  Image size: 19.5 x 27 cm, excluding printer marks on the left-hand side.

It is well known that Vincent Van Gogh was much influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. He collected them throughout his life. Did Van Gogh have a print of ‘A Bullfinch and A Dropping Cherry Tree’ in his studio when he painted ‘Almond Blossom’, below, in 1890? We like to think so.

Vincent Van Gogh, Almond Blossom

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