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Katsuyuki Nishijima: Chrysanthemums

February 5, 2014

Nishijima puts a modern spin the ukiyo-e landscape tradition to portray a still street scene in a boldly reduced style. While classic ukiyo-e images depict detailed touristic sights in Japan and personalities of the entertainment district, this print presents three bright chrysanthemums in full bloom against a backdrop of ordinary neighborhood buildings.

The chrysanthemum is a popular motif in Japanese culture associated with youth and longevity, and also used as the emblem of the imperial family. Even while depicting an age-old subject with a traditional Japanese artistic technique, Nishijima infuses these vibrantly blossoming flowers with a new sense of freshness and rejuvenation. 

Sophie Kissin ’14