Flowers and Grasses

Flowers and Grasses



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Kitagawa Sōsetsu 喜多川相説

(Japanese, active 1639-50)

Pair of six-fold screens, ink and color on paper

Image: 153.7 x 329.2 cm (60 1/2 x 129 5/8 in.); Including mounting: 170.2 x 348.4 cm (67 x 137 3/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1968.193.2



Kitagawa Sōsetsu painted for the Maeda family, who were the powerful regional rulers of what is present-day Ishikawa Prefecture. Screens would have served as room dividers and backdrops for important gatherings in the grand residences of the Maeda. This composition, painted with a profusion of flowers and grasses, is considered one of Sōsetsu’s masterpieces. Kitagawa Sōsetsu is thought to have been a student of Tawaraya Sōsetsu (active mid-1600s), who was in turn the student of Tawaraya Sōtatsu, considered the founder of the Rinpa school.

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