List of Works

"Cranes / Ogata Korin"

Cranes / Ogata Korin (left)Cranes / Ogata Korin (right)

Facsimiles of works in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Purchase, F1956.20, F1956.21
These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.


  • Artist : Ogata Korin
  • Historical era : Edo (16th to 17th century)
  • Material : Printed on washi paper.
    Gilded with gold leaf.
  • Medium : Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
  • Size : Each screen 166.0 x 371.0 cm
  • Recipient : Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Freer Gallery of Art
  • Material : Color on washi paper dusted with gold leaf

DESCRIPTION

This bold composition presents a grouping of black and white cranes extending to the left and right across a gold background. It is the work of Ogata Korin, a painter representative of the Edo period who created his own world with innovative compositions and graceful depictions. The 19 cranes in this work, grouped in a rhythmic arrangement, are walking in a stylized manner toward the center of the folding screen. Stylized swirling waves at both ends of the screen create a unique sense of space. Korin was born to the family who operated the wealthy drapery store "Kariganeya" in Kyoto, where he began painting full-time in his 40s. Korin represented the Rimpa School, with its rich decorative style that flourished during the Edo Period. In later years, Sakai Hoitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu drew with a similar sense of composition and demonstrated the flow of the Rimpa School.

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