Summer Flowers

Summer Flowers



Kitagawa Sōsetsu 喜多川相説

(Japanese, active 1639-50)

Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper

Overall: 197.6 x 65.5 cm (77 13/16 x 25 13/16 in.); Painting only: 107.5 x 45.8 cm (42 5/16 x 18 1/16 in.)

Bequest of Maud Eells Corning 1992.380



White hydrangea, orange-colored demon’s lantern, and greenbrier vine appear together in this scroll. The artist used the dripping-in (tarashikomi) technique to create a sense of depth and dimension in the leaves of the plants. A carefully controlled brush loaded with a high ratio of water to ink or color is key to the success of this brush method. Gold lines indicate the veins of leaves and the seams of pods.

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