Art on Tuesday: Cranes and Plum Blossoms

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Itô Jakuchû 伊藤 若冲 (1716-1800) painted these beautiful three cranes and plum blossoms as a hanging scroll. He is a specialist for mainly pictures of nature, often birds like chickens or roosters. Jakuchû is famous for his bird and flower paintings 動植彩絵 (dōshoku saie) owned by the imperial family. His works are mostly hanging scrolls or screens, but he also made woodblock prints. This picture was presented as part of an exhibition of the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2012. Look here for more pictures and information.

2 thoughts on “Art on Tuesday: Cranes and Plum Blossoms

  1. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing another artist whom I had never heard of before.

    By the way, plum trees are just coming into bloom here in the SF Bay Area of California where I live. When they do, I know that spring is coming very soon.

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