Sketches of Flowers: 25 compositions

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Sketches of Flowers: 25 compositions


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
ink and color on paper, handscroll

14 in x 200 in (35.56 cm x 508 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Subject matter
This handscroll seems to be a collection of studies and sketches of local wildflowers and plants. The sketches appear to have been drawn across seasons as there are seasonal plant varieties included. In particular, cherry blossoms (spring) and persimmons (fall and winter).

Physical Description
This is a collection of various flower studies in ink and color on paper. There is a variety of subjects ranging from ferns, Japanese morning glories, cherry blossoms, persimmons, and Japanese poppies. Some have no color and are outlined in black ink while others are completely colored in. Many of the drawings also have descriptions of the subject and are written in the traditional vertical form. The front page of the handscroll has blue ink coming from above and purple ink below in a cloud-like, mound-shaped two-layer design.

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3 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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