Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons

Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons

四季花木図屏風

early to mid-1700s

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Watanabe Shikō 渡辺 始興

(Japanese, 1683-1755)

Japan, Edo period

(1615–1868)

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

Each screen: 155 x 368.5 cm (61 x 145 1/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2021.132

Location

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One plant in these screens, tumeric, or ukon in Japanese, is found in Okinawa.

Description

The painter Watanabe Shikō had a special interest in scientific realism, based on interactions with his patron Konoe Iehiro. Shikō combined his attention to accurate depiction of plants with strong ink outlines and decorative elements like gold and silver, arriving at an innovative style that influenced many of his peers in the city of Kyoto.

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