雪月花 吉野 Cherry Blossoms at Yoshino (Yoshino), from the series Snow, Moon, and Flowers (Setsugekka)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 7/8 x 14 5/8 in. (25.1 x 37.1 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
The most famous place in Japan for viewing cherry blossoms is Mount Yoshino in the Kii peninsula, far from Kyoto and Nara. Instead of the standard device of bands of mist separating the foreground from the background, here clusters of cherry blossoms hover in the middle ground. The other two prints in the series are Snowscape by the Sumida River and Moonlight on the Yodo River.
The signature, Saki no [or Zen no] Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, indicates that the print was made during Hokusai's Iitsu period (ca. 1820–33).
Signature: Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu
Inscription: In upright yellow label, name of series; title in white disc.
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.