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Morning Glories

Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese, 1796–1858)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on gilt paper
Dimensions:
Image (each screen): 70 3/16 x 12 ft. 5 1/2 in. (178.3 x 379.7 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.69.1, .2
  • Description

    In this vivacious display of rich blue and green against a gold-leafed background, Kiitsu concentrated on the proliferation of the blossoms and leaves by omitting any indication of space, natural setting, or context. The exuberant outburst is carefully orchestrated into two movements: the blossoms on the right rise up from the ground, while those on the left cascade down as if supported by an unseen trellis.

    Trained as a textile dyer, Kiitsu studied painting under Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828), with whom he prepared an illustrated compendium of classic Rinpa art, One Hundred Paintings by Kōrin (Kōrin hyakuzu). Evident in these screens, especially in the brilliant decorative effects of thick mineral pigments on gold leaf, is the influence of both textile design and the Rinpa school.

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