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H. Takashima

Hokkai TAKASHIMA
Painter, engineer, and botanist
Haghi, Japan 1850 - 1931

Ernest Bussière, Portrait ofTakashima, 1887 plaster, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy © Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy






The author of several books on Japanese flora and agriculture, Hokkai Takashima was sent to Nancy by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture. From 1885 to 1888, he attended lectures at the Nancy Forestry School. Both a painter and an illustrator, he became friends with a number of Nancy artists including Ernest Bussière, Emile Gallé, Victor Prouvé, and René Wiener. In 1886, the Wiener shop window was devoted to an exhibition of his works and the following year he took part in the Nancy Salon des Beaux-Arts. Very well integrated in the artistic community of Nancy, Takashima influenced Louis Hestaux and Camille Martin, who were both very interested in Japanese art. Takashima’s last visit to Nancy was in 1889. In 1899 he resigned his official functions to devote himself exclusively to painting.