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Rinsai (fl. 1869-1890)

Sunflower and Owl

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Rinsai (fl. 1869-1890)
Sunflower and Owl
Rinsai's Newly Selected Birds and Flowers
Woodblock Print
c. 1880
9.5" x 14.25"
Rinsai sha
Very good color, impression and state, original album backing.

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Okura Magobei

About the art

In this charming design the wheat sheaves gathered by the right margin and the abundance of tree fruit suggests the early days of autumn harvest.

About the artist

Utsushi Rinsai’s imaginative and creative bird and flower prints are dynamic, unusual combinations of traditional landscapes reinvigorated with the addition of particular decorative Western techniques. Working in Tokyo between 1869 and 1890, Rinsai dedicated his woodblock designs to the natural world. His kacho-e, or bird-and-flower pictures, were largely released in sets and volumes, as opposed to individually. Released in 1880, Newly Selected Nature Studies, is Rinsai’s largest and best known collection of kacho-e.

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