Spring & Cherry Blossom Art

Spring & Cherry Blossom Art
The East Coast of the US and Japan share the four seasons and celebrate cherry blossoms in spring. I'll discuss their artistic significance and those who painted cherry blossoms and other flowering trees.

Cherry blossoms have been represented in Japanese art for centuries. They represent the fragility (blooming for a short time) and the beauty of life (pale pink blossoms against dark branches).

In one of Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige's "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" spectacular woodcuts, "Mount Kano in Kazusa Province" (1858), we see Mount Fuji at the center in the distance, a towering pine in the foreground, blossoming cherry trees, and people ascending a winding mountain path.

Springtime in Japan is called 'sakura' season. If you can't visit Japan in spring, you can view lovely Cherry Blossom Art from the Yugawara Art Museum in Kanagawa, Japan on the website Japan Objects.

Spring is a time of renewal and the cherry tree seems to whisper to those listening, "Life is beautiful, but brief." Cherry blossoms peak after two weeks and begin to fall.

If you happen to miss that window of time in Washington, DC (usually from late March to early April) you will see a carpet of petals instead (as I did on my last trip). The nation's capital holds a National Cherry Blossom Festival during that same time.

Cherry blossoms are native to the Himalayas and the most popular variety is Yoshino, as gifted from the mayor of Tokyo City to Washington, DC in 1912. The colors range from white to light pink and have a bitter-sweet aroma.

In DC, these majestic cherry trees can be seen in three locations: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park, and on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The plum blossom is the national flower of The Republic of China. It consists of five petals, varies in color from white to dark pink, and has a strong, sweet fragrance.

Flowering trees from southern France were favored by Vincent van Gogh - having painted a series of blossoming almond trees from 1888-1890 in Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence. They symbolized a new life for the artist.

Van Gogh's "Almond Blossom" (1890) was gifted to his brother Theo and sister-in-law on the birth of their son Vincent Willem, who would years later be the founder of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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