Rinsai (fl. 1869 - 1890)

Sunflower and Owl

Series: Rinsai's Newly Selected Birds and Flowers
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1880
Size (H x W): 9.5 x 14.25 (inches)
Publisher: Okura Magobei
Signature: Rinsai sha
Condition: Very good color, impression and state, original album backing.

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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

Rinsai Utsushi’s imaginative bird and flower prints are dynamic, unusual in their combinations of traditional landscapes and decorative flourishes. 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 as sets and volumes, as opposed to single sheet prints. Newly Selected Nature Studies (1880) is Rinsai’s largest and best known collection of kacho-e.