Japanese Bird and Flowers Vase by Hokusai illustrates a delicate painting with a bird on a branch and flowers. The dominant colors are a deep blue purple and light yellow, off white flowers. The bird's breast is highlighted with some red tones. It is adapted from a wood block print by Japanese artist Hokusai. The natural design drapes across the front in an organic, free form pattern. The vase has been cleverly shaped to enhance the appeal of the flowers as the top edge has a cut out pattern.
- Put your favorite small flower bouquet inside and decorate your home or desk.
- Art vase is made from kiln-fired ceramic, color and gloss finish.
- Measures 7.5 in H x 2.5 inch diameter. Weight 0.8 lbs. PN SDA04.
This vase is part of an art vase collection called Silhouette d'Art. It is crafted from fine ceramic and decorated with a famous masterpiece painting. Vases are a cooperative effort between two European fine art manufacturers -- Parastone, a Dutch Art Company, and John Beswick, a British ceramic company. The famous art masterpieces are selected for their visual beauty and then applied to a special shaped vase design with a cut edge to enhance a design element from the painting.
Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese ukiyo-e artist (1760-1849)
Hokusai belongs to the best known, most innovative, and, with 30,000 designs, the most productive ukiyo-e artists. At a young age he learned the basics of wood block cutting. During his first job in a rental book store, he took the opportunity to copy numerous pictures. At the age of 19, he got a job at the renowned Latsukawa Shunsko studios, which specialized in portraits of famous actors. After 13 years the determined Hokusai left the studios following an argument. Penniless and unhappy in his private life, obsessed by drawing, he studied the techniques of other studios. He also analyzed the Western art of printing, which he came into contact with via the Dutch trade office in Nagasaki. Traveling about restlessly, he changed his artist name many times. Around forty years of age he eventually called himself Hokusai. More and more he became attracted to landscape art. He published his sketchbooks in 12 parts. Not until he was in his sixties, did he make his most famous works, among which are the Fagaku Sanjurokkei, 36 Views on the Fuji Mountain and Shokoky Taki Meguri, The Journey to the Waterfalls. The Gakyo-rojin, the mad painter (which he called himself) stayed productive well into his eighties. Apparently he said on his death bed: If I would be granted another five years, I will become a genuine artist.