Cherry Blossoms at Mount Yoshino (Primary Title)
吉野花見図屏風 狩野一渓筆 江戸時代 六曲一雙 紙本金地着色 (Translation)

Kano Ikkei, Japanese, 1599-1662 (Artist)

Works On Paper
One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper
Overall: 67 3/4 × 144 1/2 in. (172.09 × 367.03 cm)
Other (painted area): 61 1/2 × 138 in. (156.21 × 350.52 cm)
Other (storage dimensions): 67 3/4 × 25 in. (172.09 × 63.5 cm)
Not on view
Pair with "Cherry Blossoms at Mount Yoshino" (65.45.2)
Mount Yoshino near Nara is known as the best place for viewing cherry blossoms in Japan. The first trees are believed to have been planted in the 8th century. This pair of screens captures the remarkable festival of early 17th-century Yoshino. With vibrant color and the extensive use of gold–leafs, Kano Ikkei depicted the spring festival when people traveled into the mountain to view the cherry blossoms in temples and shrines. There they enjoyed tea, dancing, music, and other ceremonial events.
Kano school
Edo period (1615-1868)
一渓 Ikkei
Artist's toshidama seal
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
"Japanese Art," VMFA Artmobile, February 1968 - May 1969
Barriault, Anne B., and Kay M. Davidson. Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, VA: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (pp 152-155)
Alan Priest, "Picnic on the Mountain," AIV, Spring 1967, Vol. VII, No. 3, pp. 16-21 (illus.)
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