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Crane and Pine Tree with Rising Sun

Suzuki Kiitsu Japanese

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A crane soars across the sun, and the evergreen pine tree complements the association of this avian species with longevity. The simple, bold image may be viewed as an abbreviated representation of Mount Hōrai, mythical island of the immortals, intended for display at the onset of the lunar calendar. Suzuki Kiitsu, pupil of Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828), ensured the continuity of Rinpa art into modern times, enlivening a genre that might otherwise have become overly formulaic and static.

Crane and Pine Tree with Rising Sun, Suzuki Kiitsu (Japanese, 1796–1858), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan

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