crooked, moss-covered tree with sprawling branches spotted with pink and red plum blossoms on low green hill at R; tips of blossoming branches at bottom L; silver paper backing

Plum Trees [right of a pair of Plum Trees and Hollyhocks], first half 18th century

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Ogata Kenzan is best known as a potter, but he was also a successful painter, especially after moving from Kyoto to Edo in his late sixties. Kenzan was the younger brother of painter Ogata Kōrin, from whom the decorative Rinpa school takes its name—rin from Kōrin paired with pa, meaning “school.” On a ground of gold leaf, Kenzan presents red and white camellias blooming on a small hillock below a large plum tree at right and, at left, pink, white, and red hollyhocks. With this placement of the motifs, Kenzan turned the folded surface of the screen into a vital component of the composition.

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Title
Plum Trees [right of a pair of Plum Trees and Hollyhocks]
Artist Life
1663 - 1743
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.83.2
Provenance
Prince Komatsu
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 184
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crooked, moss-covered tree with sprawling branches spotted with pink and red plum blossoms on low green hill at R; tips of blossoming branches at bottom L; silver paper backing