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::: Toyama Castle and Cherry Blossoms (Washi-e)  Collection Image
Toyama Castle and Cherry Blossoms (Washi-e)

Author:Tatemori Kuniko

Size:Length:68 x Width:60 (cm)

Size description:54×45(畫心)

Introduction: Japanese artist Tatemori Kuniko uses the washi-e technique in her work. Washi-e refers to a Japanese art form that adopted washi paper as its main medium: the primary method uses the fiber of torn washi (colored) paper to create images. The artist can use the initial color of the washi paper or color it afterward to match the imagery. Due to the paper's material and the thick texture created by stacking layers, the washi-e works often have an impasto and brush-like effect that resemble oil paintings.
The picture can be divided into three parts: foreground, middle, and background. In the foreground, the flowers are colored with fine yellow strokes. Although it is difficult to identify the exact species of flowers, it is assumed that they are rapeseed flowers, as they usually bloom in March and April in temperate regions, the same time as cherry blossoms. The middle ground depicts the primary subject matter of the piece. In the center, a cherry-blossom tree with a thick trunk and branches spreading in all directions stands. Colored in purple and pink with white dots decorating the top and the ground, the painting resembles a rare sight of "cherry blossom in spring flurries." The background is a light blue sky, occasionally decorated with little white clouds, the ground with brown land, green grass, and other plants, showing a rape fields countryside scene next to cherry blossoms. The yellow rape flowers and pink cherry blossoms are in harmony, creating a serene, archetypal Japanese spring scenery. The painting is signed with the square seal "Tatemori" in vermilion color in the lower-left corner.

Accession Number:CR09502700