Image: 38 9/16 x 13 1/8 in. (98 x 33.3 cm)
Overall with knobs: 40 13/16 x 21 in. (103.7 x 53.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 40 13/16 x 18 11/16 in. (103.7 x 47.5 cm)
Fishbein-Bender Collection, Gift of T. Richard Fishbein and Estelle P. Bender, 2012
Not on view
Not all flowers could be found in the colorful gardens cultivated by Rinpa artists through the ages. Yet poppies (keshi) clearly must have been a favorite of their clients, for examples survive from every generation of the school. Earlier, artists of the Sōtatsu studio, such as Kitagawa Sōsetsu as well as Ogata Kōrin and his followers, took inspiration from screen paintings of poppies by Tosa artists, and took the formalization of leaves and petals one step further toward abstraction. By the age of Kiitsu, however, attention to detail and a tendency toward naturalistic depictions of flowers became more pronounced. Emerging from clusters of deep-green ridged leaves, the elongated vertical stems topped by bursts of white and red remind viewers of a stroll in a garden on a summer’s day. As seen here, the mottled-ink (tarashikomi) technique was used more liberally by later Rinpa artists.
Signature: Signed lower right: Seisei Kiitsu Double circular seal in relief at lower right immediately following signature: Niwabyoshi