Asagao. Morning glories
Nakamura Hochu (late 18th - early 19th century)
Fan. Ink and color on mica
H: 10 1/2" x W: 23"
With Frame: H: 17 1/4" x 30 1/2"

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Nakamura Hochu is known for his dynamic and lively rendition of the subjects in his works. He generally displays a strong predilection for the use of the tarashikomi technique, which consists in the application of ink or color on ink or color that is still wet, creating a “puddeled” effect. Hochu created many fan paintings in which few elements are arranged in harmony with the fan's natural curve. In most of his depictions of morning glories, the artist frames the round blue flowers with hook-like branches. As many rinpa artists before him, Hochu used precious materials such as gold and silver. The image, though quiet and evocative, beautifully displays the vibrant freshness of the flowers.