About RMN-Grand Palais – Hokusai Paperweight – Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry Blossoms (1834)
This beautiful Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais Hokusai half-dome glass Hokusai Paperweight features the influential Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print “Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry Blossoms” (1834) part of the series “Small Flowers”. Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most renowned masters of the Japanese color print (Ukiyo-e); he did not produce his greatest works until 1818-1830. In his youth he had begun with portraits of women and actors; but his fame rests chiefly on his direct and imaginative perception of landscape, which was an innovation to the ukiyo-e movement. His striking and original color, a vigorous sense of simplified design, his humor and understanding combined with a fine grasp of form to produce something new in Oriental landscape and nature art. Scholars have argued that Hokusai was assisted in his painting style by not only his study of the Kano School (15th – 19th century) and Chinese painting of the Ming Dynasty but also by European painting which entered Japan through the foreign settlement at Nagasaki. More details on RMN-Grand Palais – Hokusai Paperweight – Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry Blossoms (1834):
- Dimensions: ø3″ x 1.5″H inches
- Weight: 0.83 lbs (est)
- Material: Glass
- Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais / Musée des Art Asiatiques – Guimet
- The motif on this paperweight is inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print “Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry Blossoms” (1834) part of the series “Small Flowers”.