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The restricted palette used here is expanded by the trademark School of Kōrin tarashikomi technique, which creates subtle tension between the lucidity of the ink base and the filmy opacity of the white pigment dripped into it while still wet. Leaves are abstracted into dreamlike silhouettes, punctuated on a diagonal axis by orange trumpet creeper blooms, red tiger lilies, white fleabane, and yellow gourd flowers. This mediated inkwork recalls certain works by Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), but perhaps owes more to the flora that his predecessor Tawaraya Sōtatsu (active c. 1600–1640) cultivated in large-scale folding-screen paintings like those displayed nearby.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Fukae Roshū 深江蘆舟, Japanese (c. 1699 - 1757)
Autumn Flowers
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
18th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
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Physical Descriptions

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
image only: H. 126 x W. 50.5 cm (49 5/8 x 19 7/8 in.)
with mount: H. 224.5 x W. 64.3 cm (88 3/8 x 25 5/16 in.)
overall with mounting, roller ends and suspension cord: H. 229.6 x W. 70 cm (90 3/8 x 27 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • seal: round, relief: 蘆舟 [Roshū]


Recorded Ownership History
[YANAGI, Takashi, Kyoto (by 1987)], sold; to Robert and Betsy Feinberg, Bethesda, MD (1987-2017), gift; to Harvard Art Museums.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Murashige Yasushi, Rinpa [Rimpa Painting] vol. I, Shikosha Publishing Co. (Kyoto, Japan, 1989), illus. 106-9.
  • The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 38, cat. 4
  • Musée Cernuschi, Le Japon au fil des saisons: Collection Robert et Betsy Feinberg, exh. cat., Paris-Musées (Paris, 2014), pp. 48-49
  • Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 43, fig. 31

Exhibition History

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