stylized foliage and orchids growing from three irregular rock formations at LL, R, and URQ

Orchids and Rocks, third quarter 19th century

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Clumps of orchids cling to rocks in this composition by Hidaka Tetsuō. Like many other famous painters of orchids, Tetsuō avoids solid outlines and instead uses several tones of ink wash to render the orchids and rock surfaces—an old Chinese style known as “boneless.” Tetsuō was a Zen Buddhist priest in Nagasaki, in far western Japan, rising to the rank of chief abbot of a major Zen temple. After retiring in his mid-50s, he traveled throughout Japan for several years, then returned to Nagasaki and spent the rest of his life in seclusion within the precincts of another Zen temple. There he spent much of his time writing and creating paintings in ink, mostly of landscapes and orchids, the subject for which he was seen as a master.

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Title
Orchids and Rocks
Artist Life
1791 - 1871
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.31.1
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stylized foliage and orchids growing from three irregular rock formations at LL, R, and URQ