Plants and Flower
Kano school artist
Edo period(1603-1868), 1720 ca.
Ink, mineral and organic colours on goldleaf
H 143.0 cm x W379.0 cm
The screen presents plants and flowers typical for autumn and winter.
From the right we can observe the autumn plants such as wild chrysanthemum bushes, pampas grass (susuki), clover (hagi) and bell flower (kikyo) which grow by the stream. The group of the winter plants covered by snow consists of bamboo trunks, camellias(tsubaki), which in Japan blossom in November and December and narcissus (suisen) considered by the Japanese as plants of late winter.
The composition, while being extremely decorative, is also highly representative of the Rimpa style of painting which tends to create images of the nature with an almost encyclopaedic attention for the detail.
The beautiful gold patina serves as background for this outstanding composition.