japaneese art

Folding screen with blue and white kikyoA six-panel folding screen ARTISTKamisaka Sekka (1866-1942)DATECirca 1920MEDIUMInk, color, and gold leaf on paperDIMENSIONS39.5 by 248 cmSIGNATURESekka with round seal Seisei A six-panel screen depicting stalks of blue, dark blue and white kikyo (Chinese bellflower) growing from behind bamboo fences, some leaves depicted with the tarashikomi technique. The bamboo fences and some flowers' details are in gold.Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artist who brought the traditional aesthetic in...

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...

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...

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