Folding Screen (byobu) with Autumn Scene

Folding Screen (byobu) with Autumn Scene

1941
Artist
Yasutani Bisei, 1901 - 1983
Country
Japan
screen, folding
lacquer, wood
Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
2011.286
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
Dimensions
height: 53.5 in, 135.8900 cm
Inscription
Bisei
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Folding Screen (byobu) with Autumn Scene by Yasutani Bisei (Yasutani Kenji), (1901-83) Japan, Tokyo 1941, Showa period Lacquer, wood Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust 2011.286 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.
Known Provenance
At least 2011, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired in Japan at unknown date; 2011, DAM collection, museum purchase.

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