japanese screens antique

Furosaki con fondo in oro e ventagli
Furosaki with gilded ground and fansA two-panel folding screen DATELate 19th centuryMEDIUMInk and color and paper on silkDIMENSIONS67 by 174 cm The compositions with fans were typical of Tawaraya Sotatsu school in Kyoto at the end of Ken'ei era (1624-1643). The fans could be painted on paper, then glued on a gold background or, as in this case, could be painted directly on the screen. Fans have always been used as a decorative element in the Japanese tradition. This object also has an auspicious meaning, representing the "unfolding" of the future.Some of the fans...

Field of Pinks and Rising MoonA six-panel folding screen DATEMomoyama period, 17th centuryMEDIUMInk, colors, gold leaf, and silver on paperDIMENSIONS166 by 360 cm A field of wild pinks (nadeshiko; Dianthus superbus) blooms under a rising moon in this six-panel folding screen. The anonymous artist arranged the flowers, a relative of the carnation, in dense, rhythmical clusters in three horizontal registers in the lower half of the screen, above which clouds of gold leaf merge with the gilded sky. Interspersed between the layers of flowers are passages where flecks of silver foil, now...

Rakuchū Rakugai ZuViews of Kyoto

Edo period, mid 17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, colors, and gold on paper
Each 121 by 282 cm  Folding screens depicting the ancient capital city of Kyoto and its surroundings (rakuchū rakugai zu) are among the most popular genres of Japanese painting. The broad surfaces of folding screens (byōbu) were ideally suited to the panoramic cityscape, as they afforded artists opportunities both to present sweeping vistas of the capital and to focus on details of everyday life in the city. Kyoto screens first appear in documents in the...

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