Botan ni Cho (Peony and Butterfly)

Hokusai Katsushika


"Botan ni Cho" (Peony and Butterfly) by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. Paper size is 15 and 5/8 inches by 10 and 3/4 inches. Originally in Edo period, thus re-covered edition was made on unknown date. Genuine Japanese handmade woodblock print. Dark wash to simulate aged look. Signature "Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu" on the lower left of image. "Takamizawa" publisher seal, "Kikuta Kojiro" carver seal and "Hashizume Mitsuo" printer seal on the verso. Very Japanese mood. It has original presentation folder and explanation paper. Very elegant print.

Hokusai did his "flowers and birds" either in large horizontal framed or in medium - sized vertical ones. In both cases, his "flowers and birds" bear strong influences of Chinese schools of painting marked with realistic touches - unlike Hiroshige's which are plain and lightcolored. They remind us of the patterns in dyed cloths woven by the Chinese during the Ming dynasty. The luxurious touch of this Hokusai work seems to show the extent of cultural ripeness attained by the Japanese under the Tokugawa shogunate.

This reproduction is based on a well - preserved original in the Gale collection of the United States.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 15 and 5/8 inches by 10 and 3/4 inches
Signed: Signature "Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu" on the lower left of image.
Condition: Excellent condition. Full margins.