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Pheasant and Pine

Artist
Kanō Kōi, Japanese, 1564/69–1636
Period
Edo period, 1615–1868
Date
c.1626
Material
Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper
Made in
Japan, Asia
Classification
Furniture
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
67 in. x 12 ft. 5 5/8 in. (170.2 x 380 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mary and Oliver Langenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Liddy, and Susan and David Mesker
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
105:2002
NOTES
The pictorial clarity and crisp, clean style of this shimmering screen contrast with its dark, nighttime theme. High among the golden clouds is a tarnished silver moon, casting its frail light on a late winter scene of pink, blossoming plum flowers and a snow-laden pine. A large, male pheasant with a long, ornamental tail roosts on the trunk, while four bush warblers, known for their first song of spring, perch on a bough beneath clusters of soft, gold-streaked pine needles. The splendor of the painting is enhanced by the low relief of a brushwood fence in gold leaf that is balanced by the swirling eddies of an azurite blue stream and a low bank of malachite green. The screen's spare, abstract style was a particular contribution of Kano Koi to Japanese painting.
by 1991 -
Private collection, France [1]

- 2002
Leighton R. Longhi, Inc. (Leighton R. Longhi), New York, NY, USA [2]

2002 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Leighton R. Longhi, Inc. [3]


Notes:
[1] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 3, 2002.

[2] Invoice from Leighton R. Longhi, Inc. dated May 9, 2002 [SLAM document files].

[3] See note [1].
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