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Gallery Text

Kenzan, the younger brother of Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), is best known for his painted ceramics. In 1731, he relocated from Kyoto to Edo, simultaneously introducing Kōrin’s mode of painting to the shogunal capital. Kenzan himself did not turn to painting on conventional flat surfaces until late in his career. Lilies captures well the appealing awkwardness of these works. The heavy pigmentation, which hides Kenzan’s brushwork, seems to have been influenced by his ceramic practice. Silver pigment applied to the leaves has now oxidized, but once would have formed a brilliant pairing with the chalky white petals of the lilies reminiscent of his immensely popular ceramic designs.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ogata Kenzan, Japanese (1663 - 1743)
Work Type
fan, painting
c. 1739
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Framed fan; ink and color on paper
image only: H. 20.5 x W. 51 cm (8 1/16 x 20 1/16 in.)
with mount: H. 42 x W. 69.3 cm (16 9/16 x 27 5/16 in.)
framed: H. 42.5 x W. 69.5 x D. 3 cm (16 3/4 x 27 3/8 x 1 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Shisui Rōjin Shinsei
  • seal: Reikai
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 37, cat. 3

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 42, fig. 30

Exhibition History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 05/21/2013 - 07/15/2013; Miho Museum, 07/20/2013 - 08/18/2013; Tottori Prefectural Museum, 10/05/2013 - 11/10/2013

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/18/2021

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