Camellia Petals Scattering (Important Cultural Property)

Gyoshū Hayami1929

Yamatane Museum of Art

Yamatane Museum of Art
Tokyo , Japan

This painting depicts the camellias at Jizô-in Temple in Kyoto's northern district, popularly known as the Camellia Temple. The painting centers on the double petal multicolored camellias whose petals scatter individually like those of the camellia sasanqua. At the time that Gyoshû made his onsite sketches, these camellia plants were already 400 years old. Those original trees have since died and the plants seen there today represent the second generation. The color plane compositional form sought by Gyoshû in his Emerald Mosses and Verdant Turf, is even more apparent in this work. The composition almost cuts up the gold ground, clearly an aesthetic learned from Sôtatsu's Pines, and his close observation of the camellias reveals the results of the material feel depiction sought in the Taishô period, particularly in the rendering of the flowers and stems. The full evocation of beautiful pigments seen here is based on the superior understanding of Nihonga pigments gained through years of study in the Taishô era. The gold ground was created through the sprinkling of fine gold powder onto thin kanbishi type paper, a means of subduing the glossy effect of a gold ground. This work was named an Important Cultural Property in 1977, the first time such an honor was bestowed upon a Shôwa or later era work.


  • Title: Camellia Petals Scattering (Important Cultural Property)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1894 - 1935
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1929
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 紙本金地・彩色・屏風(2曲1双)
  • 作家名(日本語): 速水御舟
  • 作品名(日本語): 名樹散椿【重要文化財】
  • Physical Dimensions: w1696 x h1679 mm (each)
  • Painter: Hayami Gyoshū
  • Type: Nihonga (Modern Japanese Paintings)
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Color on Gold-Leafed Paper

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