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Painting, 1700-th

Description of the artwork «Irises»

“Irises” (紙 本金 地 著色 燕子 花 図) - painting on a six-leaf screen by Japanese artist Ogata Korin, is in the collection of the Nezu Museum in Tokyo. Included in the list of National Treasures of Japan. The screen shows Japanese irises in the water. Presumably, the work was created in 1701-05, during the Genroku culture.

A few years later, Ogata Korin created a similar screen, “Irises at Yatsuhashi,” which is currently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Both screens were created based on the plot from Ise-monogatari. In turn, the screens themselves (more precisely, their reproductions) probably served as a source of inspiration for the painting by Vincent Van Gogh Iris.
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Symbolism

Technique: Screen

Materials: Gold, Tempera

Date of creation: 1700-th

Location: Nezu Museum

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