japonese art

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...

Kogo
Kogo (incense box)Mid Edo period, 18th centuryBlack ground; decoration in gold hiramaki-e. Rims: pewter. Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.9 x 3.1 cm.Provenance:Charles A. Greenfield collectionPrivate collection, SwitzerlandExhibited:New York, 1980, The Metropolitan Museum of ArtLiterature:“The Charles A Greenfield collection of Japanese lacquer”, Eskenazi Ltd., London: 1990, cat. 19 A.J.Pekarik, “Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900”, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: 1980, cat.19, fig. 31The antique Japanese tradition of folding love letters to form a knot around a tree branch...

Negai no itoguchi
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)Negai no itoguchi (Unravelling the threads of desire), 1799Erotic woodblocks print (shunga)Oban yoko-e25.4 x 38 cm Erotic prints have a primary role in the Japanese art history: sexual pleasure is transported on paper with a magnificent expression and extreme stylization.The word shunga itself is, in fact, rich in metaphoric symbols, as "spring painting" would refer to the season that Japanese people most love, rich of mystic tension and erotic emotions.The series Negai no itoguchi (Unravelling the threads of desire) was...

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