Exhibitions/ Art Object

Autumn and Winter Flowers and Birds

Artist:
Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
17th–18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Six-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 61 1/8 x 139 3/4 in. (155.3 x 355 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard W. Courts, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Watson, 1966
Accession Number:
66.149
Not on view
On this charming screen, the peculiar fan shape known as a dansen serves as a frame for the two images and gives the viewer the impression of looking through two picturesque windows. The application of gold leaf to the reverse side of the silk lends the painting a subtle glow and a sense of depth and weight. The chrysanthemum and cotton rose on the right represent autumn, while on the left, the sasanqua, narcissus, and withered reeds symbolize winter. Another screen, with spring and summer scenes, probably once accompanied this one. Kano Chikanobu, the leading Kano-school painter in eighteenth-century Edo, was particularly accomplished in bird-and-flower genre works.
Signature: Seals: two

Inscription: Center left [not identical to Chikanobu's signatures in Sawada, Akira Nippon Gakwa Jiten (dictionary of Japanese painters) Tokyo, 1927, signatures section pp. 456-59]
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