KF015 (Click on image to enlarge)
Hashimoto Chikanobu
[1838-1912]

Of all the “Hachi no ki” print designs with which I am familiar from atists’s monographs, dealer galleries and public collections viewable on the Internet, I was thrilled to discover and eventually to acquire this particular version by Chikanobu. His landmark series, entitled, “Snow, Moon, Flowers” is in my opinion the finest Meiji period print series ever produced. All together, the 3 images in our collection representing “The Potted Trees”, describe 3 different points along the arc of the story; Arrival, Sacrifice and Destruction....a sort of beginning, middle and climax within the narrative. This specific image presents the arrival of the winter guest.
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