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Dragonflies

Photo: Susan A. Cole

Dragonflies

1843

Kano School

Japanese, 16th-19th centuries

Kinoshita Itsuun

Japanese, 1799 - 1866

Ichikawa Beian

Japanese, 1779 - 1858

In the early 19th century, a popular artistic genre among literati circles was the group painting, in which several painters and poets collaborated on a single work. Usually such works were limited to ten participants, but in the case of this elegant pair of hanging scrolls, over seventy different distinguished hands added a Chinese verse or a minutely detailed painting. The majority of contributors were members of the orthodox Kano school, a hereditary school of professional artists that dominated artistic practice in the late Edo period. Other contributors included natural historian and painter Baba Taisuke, reminiscent of a Japanese James Audubon. Baba, a high-ranking samurai, was most certainly painting from life, and not from imported copy books.




Hanging scroll; Ink and color on silk
74 7/16 x 18 1/8 in. (189 x 46cm)
Gift of Frank D. Stout
92.47.324.1
Photo: Susan A. Cole
location
Not currently on view

Resources

Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi," November 11, 2016 - February 26, 2017

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, Suntory Museum of Art, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", July 25 - September 6, 2009; Tour Schedule: Kobe City Museum, September 19 - December 6, 2009; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, December 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010; MOA Museum of Art, March 13 - May 9, 2010; Fukuoka Art Museum, May 23 - July 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "A Sack Full of Tigers: Diffusion and Diversity in Japanese Painting of the 19th Century Diffusion and Diversity in Japanese Painting", December 6, 1997 - November 15, 1998
Published ReferencesKawai, Masatomo, Yasuhiro Nishioka, Yukiko Sirahara, editors, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun, catalogue number 52

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