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

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
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
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
Left; slightly above center are four white and pink/lavendar colored blooms. Behind them dominating the lower right corner are long dark green grass-like leaves.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Cymbidium No. 354, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.45
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
Horizontal image with white and pink accented blooms located on the upper right half of the image. Central, left is a row of unblossomed buds.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
'Miltonia Sanderiana var. Oyamazaki,' from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.68
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Laeliocattleya Lustre var. Pulmosa, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.83
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Brassolae Liocattleya, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.29
Single plant with multiple flowers (white and pink). Flowers concentrated on the left side of the image with leaves on the right.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
'Vanda Kimbariana,' from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.63
Single plant with mulitple flowers (red, cream and yellow). Flowers located left and center in the frame with leaves concentrated on the right.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
'Coelogyne Dayana var. Grandifola,' from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.75
Several white blooms with pink/red accents are arranged so that the descend from the upper left to lower right. They are concentrated in the upper right hand of the image. Opposite the blooms are three dark green leaves that are curving downward off the image plane.
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Cymbidium Giant Rose var. Oyamazaki, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.73
Ikeda Zuigetsu
Dendrobium Thyrsiflorum, from 'A Record of an Orchid Collection'
1958
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mrs. Maurice Seevers
1983/1.371.56

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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