Pair of six-fold screens: Flowers of the Four Seasons by Matanabe Shiko

Brill colours on backgrounds of gold-leaf squares.


Goldleaf, paint, chalk
154 x 356 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,000 ( Total: £8,100)
Acquired in:

School of Korin, Shiko his most gifted pupil. Two characteristic techniques employed here: moriage (heaping) of the chrysanthemums, where powdered chalk is built up to give an effect of relief; and the dripping of paint on to wet paint of a different colour (tarashikomi) for stalks and leaves.

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