japanese screens antique

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...

Furosaki con fondo in oro e ventagli
Furosaki with gilded ground and fansLate 19th century67 x 174 cm The compositions with fans was 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 has 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 of this folding screen depicting literal episodes or mythological subjects, others...

A pair of screens with flowers of the four seasonsRinpa School, 19th centuryPair of six-panel screens, 138 x 304 cmInk, color and gold flakes on paper, Sealed by the artist in red ink This pair of screens belongs to a genre of lyrical paintings of flowers, grasses, and other plants that flourished around the middle of the seventeenth century and became a speciality of the Sôtatsu studio. The use of a rather complex composition of clusters of flowers, and the puddling of ink was initiated by Tawaraya Sôtatsu, the founder of the Rimpa school, who was active from 1600 until 1642. The...

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