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Title

Designs of birds, flowers and figures on fans

1920-1940

Artist

Kamisaka Sekka

Japan

1866 - 1942

Alternate image of Designs of birds, flowers and figures on fans by Kamisaka Sekka
Alternate image of Designs of birds, flowers and figures on fans by Kamisaka Sekka
  • Details

    Other Title
    Birds, flowers and figures on scattered fans
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
    Date
    1920-1940
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    pair of six-panel screens; ink and colour on gold ground
    Dimensions

    a - right screen, 126 x 320 cm

    b - left screen, 126 x 320 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed: Sekka hitsu (painted by Sekka), seal

    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    219.2011.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kamisaka Sekka

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Kamisaka Sekka is considered to be one of Japan’s most significant artists, designers and art instructors of the first half of the 20th century. By employing newly developed aniline dyes and fusing motifs and decorative styles of Art Nouveau, especially the British Arts and Crafts Movement with traditional Rinpa painting styles and motifs, Sekka imbued Japanese designs with a flair of modernity and timeless, international appeal.

    This pair of six-fold screens is a wonderful illustration of a 'picture-in-picture' composition (gachūga), in which the main subject of the screens – 17 fully opened fans – are themselves decorated with motifs drawn from courtly novels and poetry, as well as flowers and birds of the four seasons. The designs on the fans are carefully chosen to suggest a pictorial history of the Rinpa lineage: abbreviated landscape motifs in gold and silver paint and scenes based on the classical literature typical of Sōtatsu, stylised Kōrin waves and naturalistic Hōitsu flower paintings. Sekka includes images that are recurrent in his own works such as mushroom-shaped pine trees, red maples or cranes and pines, thereby firmly positioning himself within the Rinpa legacy.

    Kamisaka Sekka: A dawn of modern Japanese design, AGNSW 2012, pg 85.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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