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Select pieces from the portfolio, 'A Record of an Orchid Collection' by Ikeda Zuigetsu

Slightly above center is an arch of four orange and red blooms. Behind the blossoms are leaves which also make a slight curve from lower center to upper right. The background is a light yellow/orange which gradients to white in the lower third.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
'Cymbidium Dotterel var. Oyamazaki,' from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.70
Single, fuschia colored orchid on a light green, gradient background. On the left and right sides of the bloom are two dark green leaves.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Laeliocarrleya Murasakishikibu, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.31
On the right half of the image, in the center, are three small pink blooms. On the left half in the slightly behind and above these are more unfinished blooms. This "sketch" form, indicates that this was one of the unfinished images from the collection.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Dendrobium Fukuba, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.81
Yellow and white flower on a grey background. The bloom is in the upper right hand with a bud situated behind it. The base of the stem and the leaves are located on the bottom portion of the image.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
'Cypripedium Goliath,' from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.40
Multiple green flowers with fuschia and yellow accents flank the right side of the image. Dark green leaves mirror the flowers on the left hand side.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Cymbidium No. 49, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.43
Central is a large white blossom with yellow accent. Behind this bloom is another "sketched" blossom that is uncolored. This indicates that this was one of the unfinished images from the collection. Surrounding the lower halves of the blossoms are several green leaves.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Brassocattleya Empress of Russia var. Oyamazaki, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.71
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Masdevallia Schroederiana, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.60
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Dendrobium Parishii, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.54
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Cypripedium Bellatulum, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.49
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Cymbidium Thrush var. Oyamazaki, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.8
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Vanda Luzonica, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.46
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Brassia Verrucosa, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.72

These woodblock prints are from the series Rankafu (A Record of an Orchid Collection), which was commissioned by adamant orchid cultivator and enthusiast Kaga Shôtarô during the early 20th century. Kaga had fallen in love with orchids years before in 1917 while mountaineering in Java. Due to the economic hardships placed on Japan after losing the Second World War, Kaga was concerned about the survival of his orchid collection in Kyoto at his Villa Oyamazaki, which at its peak had housed 10,000 plants. Kaga selected woodblock printing as the appropriate method to capture the memory of his orchids. He enlisted the skilled painter Ikeda Zuigetsu, to execute this momentous task. Ikeda created the drawings from which the woodblocks were carved. Sadly, Zuigetsu passed away in 1944 before the completion of the project, and due to Kaga’s falling fortune after the war, only 83 works were printed. Kaga managed to publish three hundred copies, many of which were sent to various scientific institutions such as botanical gardens and universities all over the world. Recently a reprint of the original edition has been released in Japan.

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