The Japanese art of Ukiyo-e (“Pictures of the floating [or sorrowful] world”) developed in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) during the Tokugawa or Edo Period (1600-1868), a relatively peaceful era during which the Tokugawa shoguns ruled Japan and made Edo the seat of power. The Ukiyo-e tradition of woodblock printing and painting continued into the 20th century. This print, made in 1833 or 1834, is part of the series "Small Flowers" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). It is unusual in its background color and its size. Other examples of this print, found in the British Museum and the Tokyo National Museum, have an intense blue background. It is similar to a print in the James A. Michener Collection in the Honolulu Academy of Arts and, like it, has a combination of censor's and artist's seals.
The Jack Pine is a well-known oil painting by Canadian artist Tom Thomson. A representation of the most broadly distributed pine species in Canada, it is considered an iconic image of the country's landscape, and is one of the country's most widely recognized and reproduced artworks.
The painting was completed in 1917 and measures 127.9 × 139.8 cm. It has been in the collection of the National Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario since 1918.
A detail from the 1736 remake of Along the River During Qingming Festival, a 12th century painting attributed to Zhang Zeduan. The original painting captures the daily life of people from the Song Dynasty at the capital, today's Kaifeng. The remake updates the scenery to include Qing Dynasty motifs and shows the influence of Western painting techniques. The entire painting
Daubigny's Garden (July 1890), Auvers, Kunstmuseum Basel Basel. Barbizon painter Charles Daubigny moved to Auvers in 1861. This attracted other artists, including Camille Corot, Honoré Daumier and Van Gogh, who completed two paintings of the garden, which are among his final works
An illustration from an 1893 version of A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which recounted the tale of King Midas. In Greek mythology, Midas was given ability to turn everything he touched into gold by the god Bacchus. However, he soon discovered that he was unable to even eat. Bacchus told him to wash in the river Pactolus, and the power flowed in the river, which was supposedly the reason for why the river was so rich in gold in later years. In Hawthorne's version, Midas' touch even turned his daughter to gold.