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

To 1997
Dr. Frederick Baekeland, New York City, to 1997

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Frederick Baekeland in 1997

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Frederick Baekeland

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
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