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Peonies and Canary - Hokusai

Peonies were popular in gardens during the Edo period. Katsushika Hokusai takes up this subject with talent by painting this composition. The flowers are faithfully represented, brought to life by elegant gradations. The play of light and shadow accentuates the volume and makes the painting more realistic. One would almost expect to see it come alive in a light breeze. The canary, with its wings spread, finishes by breathing life and movement into this infinitely poetic painting.
Size 85 x 61 cm

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The artwork in a nutshell

Peonies were popular in gardens during the Edo period. Katsushika Hokusai takes up this subject with talent by painting this composition. The flowers are faithfully represented, brought to life by elegant gradations. The play of light and shadow accentuates the volume and makes the painting more realistic. One would almost expect to see it come alive in a light breeze. The canary, with its wings spread, finishes by breathing life and movement into this infinitely poetic painting.

The artist

Né dans la province d'Edo (actuelle Tokyo) de parents inconnus, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) est sans doute l'artiste japonais le plus célèbre. Jeune talent précoce du dessin, il gagne sa vie dans un atelier de xylographie durant sa jeunesse. Prolifique, il publie en 1814 le premier des quinze volumes des « Hokusai Manga », un carnet de croquis et de dessins en tous genres, qui représente la vie telle qu'elle était sous l'ère d'Edo. Soucieux de faire connaître ses estampes, érotiques ou fantastiques, il parcourt le Japon en quête de reconnaissance. Il ne l'obtiendra que tardivement en tant que peintre de paysages, associant sa maîtrise des techniques japonaises à celles de la perspective occidentale. L’œuvre d'Hosukai regroupe au moins 30 000 dessins et estampes, qui constitueront un choc esthétique capital en Europe et influenceront certains artistes de la fin du XIXème siècle.
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