Summer Flowers

Katsushika Isai Japanese

Edo period (1615–1868)

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Although bearing neither a signature nor a seal, this painted fan can be attributed to the ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Katsushika Isai. In this delicate depiction of the flora and fauna of summer, Isai displays not only his dexterity in handling different subjects but also his familiarity with the paintings and elaborately decorated ceramics of Qing China, which must have inspired him.

Summer Flowers, Katsushika Isai (Japanese, 1821–1880), Folding fan remounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan

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