Orchids and Chrysanthemums

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Orchids and Chrysanthemums

Ikeno Taiga

Object Creation Date
18th century

Medium & Support
2-fold screen, ink and light color on paper sprinkled with gold

68 in. x 109 in. ( 172.72 cm x 276.86 cm )

Credit Line
Given in memory of Calvin L. French by Fina and John E. Bardach

Subject matter
Ikeno Taiga is part of the Nanga school using a purposefully unrefined painting style. Chrysanthemums are typically associated with royalty and mourning. Orchids are a sign of respect and admiration. This screen was probably installed in a home or maybe a temple of some sort. 

Physical Description
This is a painting of chrysanthemums on a two-fold screen. The paper is sprinkled with gold and the flowers are painted in ink and light color. The flowers come out of the corners and edges of the screen and spread into the center of the screen. There is a lot of negative space filled in by the gold in the background. A signature is in the middle followed by two seals. There is a third seal in the center of the other screen. 

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2 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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