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Title

Cherry blossoms and maples

early 20th century

Artist

Kawabata Gyokushō

Japan

1842 – 1913

Alternate image of Cherry blossoms and maples by Kawabata Gyokushō
Alternate image of Cherry blossoms and maples by Kawabata Gyokushō
  • Details

    Other Title
    Spring cherry blossoms and autumn maples
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    early 20th century
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    pair of two-panel screens; ink, colour and gold dust on paper
    Dimensions

    a - left screen - maple leaves, 163.2 x 86 cm

    a - left screen - maple leaves, 167 x 88 cm

    b - right screen - cherry blossom and moon, 163.2 x 86 cm

    b - right screen - cherry blossom and moon, 167 x 88 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., in Japanese ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen]
    Signed c.r., in Japanese ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]
    Signed l.r. verso., in Japanese ink "Kawabata Gyokushô [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen]
    Signed l.l. vewrso., in Japanese ink "Kawabata Gyokushô [& artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]

    Credit
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 1997
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    419.1997.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kawabata Gyokushō

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  • About

    The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were an inspired time for artists in Japan, who sought to infuse their traditions with modernity while retaining an essential Japanese spirit. At the forefront were artists of the 'nihonga' school, experimenting with new techniques, often inspired by Western perspective and chiaroscuro. In this brilliant and unusual pair of screens, the sense of the contemporary is fused with the traditional. The emphatically rich colours of the autumnal maples, punctuated with deeper moments in red, gold and pale green, contrast with the quiet and economic aesthetic of spring cherry blossoms. The white cherry blossom is bunched at the bottom of the screen, against an expanse of gold-flecked sky and the silver-metallic ovoid shaped moon. The result is a perfect study in ambiguity: in design and imbalance, space and denseness. Kawabata Gyokushô was one of the most prominent of the 'nihonga' artists at the turn of the nineteenth century. The son of a 'maki-e' lacquer artist, he studied the Maruyama school of 'nihonga' and oil painting technique with Takahashi Yuichi, Japan's first important and influential oil painter.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 283.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications