Flowering Plum Tree with Moon - 2020.33.2


Flowering Plum Tree with Moon

Medium:Ink on silk
Geography: Japan
Date: early 19th Century
94.2 × 31.3 cm
Object number: 2020.33.2
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, Peer Review Fund
Not on view
DescriptionThis is a collaborative work involving 9 individuals. Whereas the other three proposed works were created in the imperial capital, this scroll was produced in Edo, the shogun’s city. Unlike the previous work, where each painter was confined to a separate scroll, here, the painters have co-operated in their composition and the space around is populated by their poet associates. Working out the creative process presented part of the attraction of such works for viewers: from the placement of his signature and seal between the elements (at bottom), we can surmise that Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1829) painted the richly inked trunk of the plum tree and branches with sharply delineated blossoms; after this Kubo Shunman (ca. 1757–1820) seems to have completed the composition with a full moon and wash of nighttime sky and has also brushed a kyōka poem to the right of the trunk; he was then joined by seven others (from top to bottom, left right to left): Shakuyakutei Nagane (1767–1845), Ōta Nanpo (1749–1823), Yomo no Utagaki Magao (1753–1829), Rokujuen (Ichikawa Masamochi; 1753–1830), Sensōan Ichindo (1755–1820), Sakazuki no Komendo (n.d.) and Wainandō III (n.d.).
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