In honor of our new gallery show which opens today, BLOSSOM DC, we present a cherry-blossom themed Past/Present post. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to Washington, D.C. The first two cherry trees were planted by then-First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda along the banks of the tidal basin, and have since flourished, drawing a huge crowd to the DC area every spring for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In honor of the centennial, we planned a blossom-themed spring show, featuring 18 prints by contemporary printmakers and some early 20th century artists. Many of the prints selected are from our local DC printmaking community- Susan Goldman, Marti Patchell, Philip Bennet, Erwin Thamm, and Marian Osher ( to name just a few). The work featured below includes an oil painting by Su-Li Hung, a highlight from BLOSSOM DC, and an early 1829 lithograph from Nathaniel Wallich’s “Plantae Asiaticae Rariores.” Hope you enjoy!
Image on Left: Cerasus puddum. [Cherry]. Plate 143. by Nathaniel Wallich. Published by Englemann, Graf, Coindet & Co. From Nathaniel Wallich’s “Plantae Asiaticae Rariores.” Lithograph, 1829-32.
Image on Right: Taiwan Cherry Tree by Su-Li Hung. Oil on canvas, 2009-10.