Ink, pigments and gofun on gilt silk.
Signed: Sekka Hitsu with seal Yoshitaka
189 by 177,5 cm
The screen depicts three varieties of chrysanthemums. Symbol of the imperial court, the chrysanthemum represents longevity and goodwill. Because of its auspicious meaning, the flower frequently appears on Japanese artworks of every kind.
Painter and designer, Kamisaka Sekka has been one of the most important Japanese artist who brought the traditional aesthetic in western world. Sekka came from a samurai family - his father was in service at the imperial palace in Kyoto - and studied art during a very delicate period of Japanese history: the transition between the old feudal system of the Edo period to the modern capitalistic one of the Meiji restoration. It has been a traumatic era for all Japanese people and it had relevant effects on artists and their works. In fact they had to choose between “old” and “new”, between “traditional” and “international”. Sekka choose the road of national traditions and committed himself in all the fields he could. Under the guide of his teacher Kishi Kokei, he decided to follow the art of the Rinpa School, using plain and simple designs.
Sekka excelled in the small size works in which the different subjects are represented in full size. His screens are rare.
Price: 14,000 €
Inventory Nr: 1680