Fans Scatterd Across Folding Screens, by Sugimoto Kenkichi

  • 20c
  • Pair of 8-panel screens, color on paper with gold ground
  • H-182.4 W-581.2
Catalogue Entry

Sugimoto Kenkichi (b. 1905) is a painter originally from Nagoya. After studying with Kishida Ryusei, Sugimoto established himself as a western‐style painter. His work focused on scenery in Nara and he also produced superb sketches from his overseas travels. Sugimoto provided the illustrations for Yoshikawa Eiji's New Heike Monogatari publication, and created the wall paintings for the Shotoku Taishi Edo at Shitennoji temple. The Sugimoto Museum built on the Chita Peninsula in Aichi prefecture houses the majority of his oeuvre.

This pair of screens is a major work by the artist, including 53 fan paintings flowing across the paired eight‐panel format.These works are all filled a sense of “life" fostered in the things and events found in the nature and scenery surrounding the artist; all are depicted with a sense of the artist's affectionate gaze.