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Designs of birds, flowers and figures on fans



Kamisaka Sekka


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
    Taishō period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
    Shōwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    pair of six-panel screens; ink and colour on gold ground

    a - right screen, 126 x 320 cm

    b - left screen, 126 x 320 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed: Sekka hitsu (painted by Sekka), seal

    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2011
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kamisaka Sekka

    Works in the collection


  • 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


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Kamisaka Sekka

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