White Chrysanthemums

Maker(s)
Artist: Ōtagaki Rengetsu 大田垣蓮月 (1791-1875)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, ca. 1850-1875
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 99.8 × 29 cm (39 5/16 × 11 7/16 in)
Geography
Japan, Kyoto
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1997.14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
autumn, chrysanthemum, cursive script, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

Above her sketch of a blossoming chrysanthemum plant supported by a bamboo stake, the Buddhist nun Rengetsu inscribed a poem of her own composition:

White chrysanthemums
Near my pillow
Perfume the night.
These dreams of many nights of
Autumn will not return.

Rengetsu took Buddhist vows at the age of thirty-three, following a series of personal tragedies. She studied poetry composition with several Kyoto authorities and became well known not only for her verses but also for inscribing them on her own handmade ceramic teapots and bowls.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.