Sakai Hoitsu: Poppies and Morning Glories Bookmark
2¼ x 7¼ in. decorative bookmark
Attractively packaged in a plastic sleeve for protection
Published with Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828)
Poppies and Morning Glories, 1820s
Born into an eminent samurai family, Sakai Hoitsu renounced his inheritance and became a Buddhist priest. In seclusion for the next twenty years, he devoted himself to the study of paintings by Ogata Korin, to whose sense of design Hoitsu’s work is indebted. Here, the artist captured a momentary glimpse both visually dazzling and startlingly realistic.