Moon and autumn plants

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 18th-early 19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, color, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 110.8 x 37.1 cm (43 5/8 x 14 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Yoshimura Kokei (1770-1836)
  • Description

    The palest tints of transluscent color and ink create an ethereal image of a full moon in a misty atmosphere. Slender fronds of pampas grass (susuki) and a clump of chrysanthemums sway toward the right as if blown by a slight breeze. The yellow color of chrysanthemum blossoms is the slightest tint, and the contours of the blossoms is the contour of the blossoms are blurred rather than delineated. The green tones of leaves are muted by a greys of ink. The mist is represented by washes of gold and gives a shimmering, decorative effect.
  • Signatures

    Signature of the artist at the lower left.
  • Marks

    Seal of the artist at the lower left.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Autumn Colors (October 19, 1984 to December 20, 1984)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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