Yasutani Bisei. Folding Screen (byobu) with Autumn Scene. 1941. lacquer, wood. Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust. 2011.286.
This object is currently on view
height: 53.5 in, 135.8900 cm
Folding Screen (byobu) with Autumn Scene
by Yasutani Bisei (Yasutani Kenji), (1901-83)
1941, Showa period
Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
Yasutani Bisei depicted a scene with kimono fabric drying in an autumn breeze. Details of seasonal flowers and grasses were executed in raised lacquer (taka makie) against a neutral ground of tan-colored lacquer. Traditionally, a kimono was cleaned by unstitching it, washing its fabric sections separately, and stretched them to dry. Born in Mikawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Bisei studied lacquer art in Kanazawa from 1916 to 1924 then moved to Tokyo to continue his lacquer career.
At least 2011, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired in Japan at unknown date; 2011, DAM collection, museum purchase.
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