Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons


early to mid-1700s
Location: not on view
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One plant in these screens, tumeric, or ukon in Japanese, is found in Okinawa.


The painter Watanabe Shikō had a special interest in scientific realism, based on interactions with his patron Konoe Iehiro. Shikō combined his attention to accurate depiction of plants with strong ink outlines and decorative elements like gold and silver, arriving at an innovative style that influenced many of his peers in the city of Kyoto.
Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons

Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons

early to mid-1700s

Watanabe Shikō

(Japanese, 1683–1755)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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