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Fish and Plants

A work made of single six-panel screen; ink, color, and gold on silk.

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  • A work made of single six-panel screen; ink, color, and gold on silk.

Date:

1908

Artist:

Ikeda Keisen
Japanese, 1863-1932

About this artwork

Creating these screens was a deeply personal exercise for Ikeda Keisen, who modeled this work on sketches made by his father. He elevated those small-scale images into the subjects of an expansive screen—the most formal kind of finished painting—with a dramatic gold-dust background. The six panels collectively represent an abundant display of more 30 kinds of fish and more than 80 varieties of plant life. These elements are painted with meticulous detail but also tempered with a sense of humor seen, for instance, in the whimsical depictions of many of the fish.

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Arts of Asia

Artist

Ikeda Keisen

Title

Fish and Plants

Origin

Japan

Date

1903–1913

Medium

Single six-panel screen; ink, color, and gold on silk

Dimensions

137 × 287 cm

Credit Line

Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation

Reference Number

2007.360

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