Exhibitions/ Art Object

芥子図
Poppies

Artist:
Attributed to Kitagawa Sōsetsu (active 1639–50)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; color and gold on paper
Dimensions:
34 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. (87 x 37.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.524
Not on view
This work is traditionally attributed to Kitagawa Sōsetsu, one of the top pupils of Tawaraya Sōtatsu, who is recognized as the founder of Rinpa, a school of painting famous for stylized and often colorful depictions of natural forms. But exactly who created this composition is hard to pin down since a number of Tawaraya Sōtatsu’s pupils appear to have used “I’nen” seals, similar to the one found on this painting. The stock-in-trade of the artists who used the “I’nen” seal at this time were screens, scrolls, and fans lavishly painted with trees, plants, or flowers, as seen here. As with all Rinpa vegetal motifs, there is a balance between stylization and naturalism. The plants are identifiable but reflect a decorative intent, for they seem completely detached from any real landscape.
Marking: Seal: Inen (Sosetsu II)
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