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Pheasant and Pine

Kanō Kōi, Japanese, 1564/69–1636
Edo period, 1615–1868
Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper
Made in
Japan, Asia
Current Location
Not on view
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
Public Domain
Object Number
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]

[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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