Here a young woman of samurai class, with her hair arranged in the genroku katsuyama style, stands in front of a single plum branch. The combination of standing woman and fragrant blossoms exudes a lofty and pure air. The wisteria and pine motifs seen on her kosode kimono have been carefully rendered to show the actual dyeing and embroidery techniques used, namely kanoko tie-dying and gold thread embroidery. Scraps of tsujigahana-style fabric were used as the ichimoji strips of fabric at the top and bottom of this scroll's mounting, showing yet further care in the adorning of this painting.


  • Title: Fragrance of Spring
  • Creator Lifespan: 1875 - 1949
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date Created: 1940
  • Location Created: Kyoto, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 絹本・彩色・軸(1幅)
  • 作家名(日本語): 上村松園
  • 作品名(日本語): 春芳
  • Physical Dimensions: w868 x h715 mm
  • Painter: Uemura Shōen
  • Type: Nihonga (Modern Japanese Paintings)
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Color on Silk

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