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Plum Blossoms at Tsukigase

Accession Number
1987/1.362

Title
Plum Blossoms at Tsukigase

Artist(s)
Nakabayashi Chikkei

Object Creation Date
mid 19th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper

Dimensions
22 1/8 in. x 41 7/16 in. ( 56.2 cm x 105.2 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern

Label copy
The village of Tsukigase is tucked into a deep valley northeast of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. There, plum trees had long been cultivated for dyes and medicinal use. After the scholar Saitô Setsudô (1797–1865) published a collection of poems on Tsukigase in the mid-nineteenth century, however, springtime excursions to the village became a favorite pastime for Japanese literati. Scholars admired the plum blossom for its understated beauty, in contrast to the more exuberant cherry.
The artist, Nakabayashi Chikkei, was the elder son of the renowned literati painter Nakabayashi Chikutô, whose work is also in the UMMA collection. Like his father, Chikkei achieved widespread fame. The spiky, upward-reaching branches and pink and white blossoms in this painting create a festive mood appropriate for spring.
Maribeth Graybill
“Four Seasons In Japanese Art”: Special Installation of Japanese Gallery at UMMA: Object Labels
July 5, 2003-January 4, 2004
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The village of Tsukigase is tucked into a deep valley northeast of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. There, plum trees had long been cultivated for dyes and medicinal use. After the scholar Saitô Setsudô (1797–1865) published a collection of poems on Tsukigase in the mid-nineteenth century, however, springtime excursions to the village became a favorite pastime for Japanese scholars and literati painters. They admired the plum blossom for its understated beauty, in contrast to the more exuberant cherry.
The artist, Nakabayashi Chikkei, was the elder son of the renowned literati painter Nakabayashi Chikutô, whose work is also in the UMMA collections. Like his father, Chikkei achieved widespread fame. The spiky, upward-reaching branches and pink and white blossoms in this painting create a festive mood appropriate for spring.
(6/28/10)
(Japanese Gallery Rotation, Spring 2010)

Subject matter
The village of Tsukigase is tucked into a deep valley northeast of Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. There, plum trees had long been cultivated for dyes and medicinal use. After the scholar Saitô Setsudô (1797–1865) published a collection of poems on Tsukigase in the mid-nineteenth century, however, springtime excursions to the village became a favorite pastime for Japanese scholars and literati painters. They admired the plum blossom for its understated beauty, in contrast to the more exuberant cherry.

Physical Description
The painting is nearly entirely dominated by mountains, yet nestled among them lie two small buildings. Around these structures and near the placement of the viewer are dark plum trees with spiky branches and pink and white blossoms.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
hanging scrolls
literati (painters)
mountains

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