Camellias (one of a pair with F1974.35)

Artist: Suzuki Kiitsu 鈴木其一 (1796-1858)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Ink, color, and gold on paper
H x W: 152 x 167.6 cm (59 13/16 x 66 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 5: Rinpa Screens

Screen (two-panel)

camellia, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan
Provenance research underway.

The paintings now mounted on this pair of screens were once mounted on the front and back of a single two-panel screen. The painting of white camellias against a gold background was mounted on the front, while the painting in monochromatic ink and silver was mounted on the back of the original screen. Double-sided screens were popular during the late Edo period (1615-1868). When paintings are mounted on both sides of a screen, however, the painting on the back sustains considerable wear and damage when it is handled and stored. For this reason, many double-sided screens have had their paintings remounted as conventional screens with paintings on one side only.

This pair of paintings exhibits the highly simplified style that was made popular by painters of the Rimpa school, beginning with Sotatsu, who was active in Kyoto in the seventeenth century. Rimpa paintings are often distinguished by innovative design and technical finesse.

See also F1974.35

Published References
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 5: pl. 108.
  • The selected works of Japanese Art: The masterpieces of Edo period. vol. 13, Japan. .
  • Yuko Ikeda. Rinpa no tanoshimi [Favorites of Rinpa]. Tokyo. .
  • Keiko Kawamoto. Nihon byobue shusei. 18 vols., Tokyo, 1977-1982. vol. 6: p. 159, vol. 6: pl. 117, vol. 7: pl. 116.
  • Nakamura Tanio. Hoitsu ha kacho gashu. vol. 3, Kyoto. vol. 3: pls. 44-1, 44-2.
  • Kasetto Nihon no bi. 18 vols., Tokyo. vol. 16: pl. 34.
  • Kachoga no sekai [Flower and Bird Paintings of Japan]. 11 vols., Tokyo, 1981-1983. vols. 8, 9: pp. 98, 137, 157, pl. 4.
  • Bijutsu to kusabana. Tokyo. pl. 42-6.
  • "速水御舟の全貎 -日本画の破壊と創造." The Destruction and Creation of Nihonga - Hyami Gyoshū: A Retrospective. Exh. cat. p. 22, fig. 17.
  • "小原流挿花." Ikebana ohara. no. 809 Tokyo, April 2018. p. 36.
  • Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828). p. 40.
  • Kobayashi Tadashi. Edo-no-Kaiga [A Kaleidoscope of Painting Styles: Essays on Edo Period Paintings]. Tokyo. p. 64, fig. 37.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 55, p. 73.
  • Boton, tsubaki. Kyoto. p. 196, pl. 177.
  • Penelope Mason, (Revised by) Donald Dinwiddie. History of Japanese Art., 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. p. 318, fig. 369.
  • Momo Miyazaki. Elegance in Japanese Art: Edo Rinpa bird and flower painting. Japan. pp. 94.95.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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