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Tanigami, Konan (1879 - 1928)

Christmas Cactus Flower

Series: Seiyo Soka zufu
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 1917
Size (H x W): 10.5 x 14.5 (inches)
Signature: Unsigned
Condition: Very good color and impression, binding holes, faint centerfold, light browning of margin edges.


About the artist

Konan Tanigami was a nihonga painter and printmaker best known for his kacho-e, or “bird-and-flower pictures.” Born in Hyogo Prefecture, he produced five known print albums of Western flowers that were published by the Kyoto-based Unsodo c. 1917-1918. Titled A Picture Album of Western Plants and Flowers (Seiyo Soka Zofu), the series is organized by season. In 1917, Konan produced a series of 24 peony prints for the Teiten (imperial exhibition). Konan’s floral designs were published in three volumes as A Book of Flower Shapes and Forms in 1923 and 1926.