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Bamboo Grove

A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold leaf on paper.

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  • A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold leaf on paper.


About 1920


Imao Keinen
Japanese, 1845-1924

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今尾景年は、明治時代(1868~1912)の優れた画家である。彼は京都府画学校で教え、当時の国の絵画展への出品者であり、また審査員でもあった。この一双の屏風は 晩年の作品で、帝室技芸員に任じられた後のものである。</BIG>

Even in the 20th century, the characteristically Japanese blend of realism and otherworldliness continued, particularly in the realistic portrayal of plants combined with ethereal gold leaf. In this pair of screens, the artist painted the bamboo with varying tones of ink to make it appear as though the stalks are occasionally disappearing behind a golden mist.

Imao Keinen was a prominent, Meiji-period (1868–1912) artist. He taught at the prestigious Kyoto Prefecture Painting School, and he was an exhibitor and judge at many national painting competitions of the time. This pair of screens is from his later years, after he was appointed an artist of the Imperial Household.


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Arts of Asia


Imao Keinen


Bamboo Grove


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold leaf on paper


Each: 174.3 × 372 cm (68 5/8 × 146 1/2 in.)

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Margaret Gentles, Frederick and Nathalie Gookin, and Russell Tyson endowments

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