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Birds and Flowers through the Twelve Months

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Birds and Flowers through the Twelve Months
Sakai Hoitsu
12 hanging scrolls
Edo period, dated 1823
color on silk l38.9~140.2×49.3~50.5
Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1829) specialized in painting flowers and birds or plants, and pursued rich lyricism and decor aspiring to revive the art of the Rinpa School, showing a unique style. Various kinds of Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months are known in his works, and this one is superior among them with neat composition and distinct color arrangement. This is also important as a standard work identified to have been painted at age sixty-two.