The seasons by the great masters of Japanese print - Hokusai, Hiroshige
Great travellers and nature lovers, Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858) revolutionized the art of Japanese printmaking from the end of the 18th century, bringing the landscape genre to its peak. Filling their views with scenes from everyday life, they have largely appropriated the theme of the seasons, at the heart of Japanese thought since the end of the Yamato period (250-710).
As early as the 6th century, poets seized the subject by associating it with their own iconography: the flowering of cherry trees became the great symbol of spring and the sun the symbol of summer. Autumn calls for contemplation of the maple leaves and the moon. Winter comes with the first snow.... The artists, largely influenced by the Chinese model, will then take on this simplified vision of the cycle of nature. From the time of Heian (794-1185), new genres related to the cycle of nature emerged, such as paintings of the four seasons, the twelve months of the year and famous places.
This small box set highlights this subject so dear to the Japanese by offering a selection of the most famous prints, from the work of the greatest landscape artists, from the time of Hokusai to that of Hasui, and by accompanying them with an explanatory booklet.
- Dimensions :
- 11 x 16 x 4,8 cm
- Museum :
- Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
- EAN :
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