Influenced by earlier Japanese botanical studies (Kacho-e ) and the introduction of the Pre-Raphaelite movement to Japan, these rare & delicate woodblock prints were printed in colour and finished with additional colour by hand.
The chrysanthemem is Japan’s most famous & important flower of which it is said that the unfolding is a symbol of perfect order.
Keika Hasegawa’s work is a wonderful collection of the many examples of this complex and varied botanical species.
The original 1893 antique Hasegawa prints we offer for sale display lovely delicate colours – more beautiful than the later Unsodo reprint of 1903.
Prints from the same 1893 series can also be found in the Dawes collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.