White hollyhocks

Artist: Ogata Kōrin 尾形光琳 (1658-1716)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 17th-early 18th century
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W (image): 122.2 × 48.7 cm (48 1/8 × 19 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, ukiyo-e

To 1901
Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), Paris, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Siegfried Bing in 1901 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono List, L. 250, pg. 56, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Siegfried Bing (C.L. Freer source) 1838-1905
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Freer’s admiration of the simplicity and elegance of paintings by Ogata Korin began in 1887 with his first purchase of Japanese art from the New York art dealer, Takayanagi Tozo—a folding fan with an ink sketch of the head of a crane. Although the fan is no longer considered an authentic example, Freer acquired many works by K­rin, as well as by earlier and later artists of the Rinpa school. This painting of
hollyhocks, purchased from the Paris art dealer Siegfried Bing (1838–1905), repeats a subject that Korin often painted on gold-leafed screens and on hanging scrolls. The leaves of the hollyhocks employ a characteristic Rinpa technique of brushing ink or pigments to create pooled effects, then painting details in gold.

Published References
  • Rinpa kaiga zenshu [Paintings of Rinpa]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1977-1980. cat. 105, vol. 3.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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