Suzuki Kiitsu Japanese

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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 (active mid-17th century), 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 Suzuki Kiitsu, however, attention to detail and a tendency toward naturalistic depictions of flowers became more pronounced. As seen here, the ink-mottling technique (tarashikomi) was used more liberally by later Rinpa artists.

Poppies, Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese, 1796–1858), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan

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