Summer Flowers

Kitagawa Sōsetsu (Japanese, active 1639-50)mid-1600s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

White hydrangea, orange-colored demon’s lantern, and greenbrier vine appear together in this scroll. The artist used the dripping-in (<em>tarashikomi</em>) technique to create a sense of depth and dimension in the leaves of the plants. A carefully controlled brush loaded with a high ratio of water to ink or color is key to the success of this brush method. Gold lines indicate the veins of leaves and the seams of pods.

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  • Title: Summer Flowers
  • Creator: Kitagawa Sōsetsu (Japanese, active 1639-50)
  • Date Created: mid-1600s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 197.6 x 65.5 cm (77 13/16 x 25 13/16 in.); Painting only: 107.5 x 45.8 cm (42 5/16 x 18 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Maud Eells Corning [1908-1991], Mentor, OH, bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1992.380
  • Medium: hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper
  • Original Title: 夏の花草図
  • Inscriptions: 法橋相説, Seal: 印年 (Inen)
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Maud Eells Corning
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 1992.380

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