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


Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese, 1796–1858)
Edo period (1615–1868)
mid-19th century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Image: 38 9/16 x 13 1/8 in. (98 x 33.3 cm)
Overall with knobs: 40 13/16 x 21 in. (103.7 x 53.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 40 13/16 x 18 11/16 in. (103.7 x 47.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Fishbein-Bender Collection, Gift of T. Richard Fishbein and Estelle P. Bender, 2012
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 225
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.
Signature: Signed lower right: Seisei Kiitsu
Double circular seal in relief at lower right immediately following signature: Niwabyoshi

T. Richard Fishbein and Estelle P. Bender , New York (until 2012; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.