Rooster, hen, chick and spiderwort

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Katsushika Hokusai is the creator of The Great Wave , one of the most famous works of his life. He changed his name several times, and in 1820 he changed his name to “Iitsu” (“Iitsu”), marking the beginning of a period when he became famous in Japan as an artist and made some very popular prints. During his “Wei One” period, Hokusai often created flowers and birds in the prints he made for fans. This image depicts a family of chickens happily congregating in a field of blooming kohlrabi (also known as “tsuyukusa”). The shimmering color palette shows Hokusai’s love of bright, intense colors.

Side note: You’ve probably heard of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, right? Check out an interesting story about this print and its origins here . <3

Also, if you love Japanese art as much as we do, check out our Japanese art postcard set with 50 beautiful artworks.

22.9 x 29.2 cm

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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