Winter and Summer Flowers


c. 1600

Kaihō Yūshō 海北友松

(Japanese, 1533–1615)
Image: 157 x 357.6 cm (61 13/16 x 140 13/16 in.); Overall: 169.6 x 370.2 cm (66 3/4 x 145 3/4 in.); Panel: 169.6 x 61.7 cm (66 3/4 x 24 5/16 in.); with frame: 173.2 x 373.8 cm (68 3/16 x 147 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The pine and bamboo are defined by ink wash, but the flowers take form through color within contour lines.


White camellias bloom behind a large pine in the right screen and blue morning glories creep through bamboo in the left screen of this composition. The mountains and bridge suggest a continuous landscape, but the paintings actually juxtapose flowers of winter and summer, with time progressing from right to left. Kaihō Yūshō painted similar landscapes for Zen temples in Kyoto.
Winter and Summer Flowers

Winter and Summer Flowers

c. 1600

Kaihō Yūshō

(Japanese, 1533–1615)
Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615)

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