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 date Japanese prints. A print can often show the date when a print was originally published but printing houses often continued to pull prints for many years after the original publishing date. The earlier the print the better the quality because woodblock prints will deteriorate as more prints are pulled.

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 showing through 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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