Jun 26, 2013

Winter and Summer Flowers

Winter and Summer Flowers


c. 1600

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Kaihō Yūshō 海北友松

(Japanese, 1533–1615)

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper

Overall: 174 x 376 cm (68 1/2 x 148 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.40


Did you know?

The pine and bamboo are defined by ink wash, but the flowers take form through color within contour lines.


White camellias bloom behind a large pine in the right screen and blue morning glories creep through bamboo in the left screen of this composition. The mountains and bridge suggest a continuous landscape, but the paintings actually juxtapose flowers of winter and summer, with time progressing from right to left. Kaihō Yūshō painted similar landscapes for Zen temples in Kyoto.

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