Past Exhibitions

Transcendent Beauty: Colorful Bird-and-Flower Painting
October 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Birds and flowers are a standard subject for painters. Though often depicted in monochrome ink, these scenes of lushly flowering plants and trees surrounded by frolicking birds are especially delightful when depicted in the vivid tones of colored mineral pigments. This exhibition sets Sesshū’s (1420–1506?) masterwork screens Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons up against some of Japan's most famous bird and flower paintings-including Geiai's Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons and Small Birds and Camellia inscribed by Suikei Shūhō—in a vibrant display of color. Which painting will win the prize for your attention?

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