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.

Date:

About 1920

Artist:

Imao Keinen
Japanese, 1845-1924

About this artwork

20世紀に入っても、日本の特徴である、写実と空想的描写の融合は続き、特に、優美な金箔に結び付けられた、写実的な植物の描写は、その最たるものであった。この一双の屏風では、作者は墨に濃淡をつけ、時には竹があたかも金色の霧の背後に隠されるかに描いている。

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。

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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Artist

Imao Keinen

Title

Bamboo Grove

Origin

Japan

Date

1900–1930

Medium

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

Dimensions

Each 174.3 x 372 cm

Credit Line

Margaret Gentles Fund; Frederick and Nathalie Gookin and Russell Tyson endowments

Reference Number

2002.366.1-2

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