Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons (right screen)

Watanabe Shikōearly to mid-1700s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The painter Watanabe Shikō had a special interest in scientific realism, based on interactions with his patron Konoe Iehiro. Shikō combined his attention to accurate depiction of plants with strong ink outlines and decorative elements like gold and silver, arriving at an innovative style that influenced many of his peers in the city of Kyoto.

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  • Title: Flowers and Trees of the Four Seasons (right screen)
  • Creator: Watanabe Shikō (Japanese, 1683-1755)
  • Date Created: early to mid-1700s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 155 x 368.5 cm (61 x 145 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2021.132.1
  • Medium: Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, gold, silver, and gilding on paper
  • Original Title: 四季花木図屏風
  • Inscriptions: 始興之印
  • Fun Fact: One plant in these screens, tumeric, or <em>ukon</em> in Japanese, is found in Okinawa.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)
  • Credit Line: Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Folding screen
  • Accession Number: 2021.132.1

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