ITO JAKUCHU

COLORFUL REALM:JAPANESE BIRD AND FLOWER PAINTINGS
exhibit at the NATIONAL GALLERY, WASHINGTON,D.C.
until April 29th.
A thirty scroll  set of nature paintings on vertical scrolls on silk from the 1700s, owned by Japan’s royal family are shown for the first time as a complete set outside Japan. Created by Jakuchu  (1715-1800) as the series  COLORFUL REALM OF LIVING BEINGS  consists of very intricate paintings of birds, insects, flowers, fish and other animals. Jakuchu sometimes applied paint to the backside of the silk to be visible from the front and used a great variety of colors and layered pigments together with ground oyster shell.
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