Maple LeavesArtist(s)Nishiyama Kan'eiObject Creation Date2nd half of 19th centuryMedium & Supportink and color on paperDimensions
15 3/4 in x 14 9/16 in (40 cm x 37 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundSubject matter
Nishiyama Kan'ai is "a skillful painter of landscapes and kachōga."
Roberts, Laurance Page, and John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer.
"Japanese art has a rich tradition in the depiction of flora and fauna. Until the 17th
century powerful and myth-like creatures such as dragons, phoenixes, lion dogs, birds of prey and tigers were portrayed as aggressive. This changed however when the influence of the samurai subsided and urban culture began to develop. Rich merchants sought refinement and a sympathetic style and in the artistic rendition of nature docile animals in subtle well-balanced compositions emerged. Flowers and birds became popular subjects, not only for their esthetic beauty but for their symbolic significance as well.
The literal meaning of the Japanese word kachō-ga
is ‘images of flowers and birds’. Richly coloured flowers and birds are the focal point of this exhibition that illustrates the origin and development of this decorative genre. Colourful plants and animals embellish the screens, scrolls, albums, illustrated books, fan-shaped prints and graphs dating back to the 18th
“Kachō-Ga. The Poetry of Japanese Nature.” Sieboldhuis
, 13 Feb. 2019, www.sieboldhuis.org/en/exhibitions/kachōga-de-poëzie-van-de-japanse-natuur.Physical Description
There is a single branch that rises from the bottom of the painting and that ends at the top of the painting. There are smaller twigs that jut out from the main branch and that each have vibrant red-orange maple leaves growing from them. There are signatures and seals in the bottom left corner of the painting.Primary Object ClassificationPaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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branches (plant components)
leaf (plant material)