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Two-fold screen: Flowers of the Four Seasons
MNK VI-8135
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The screen is the only extant work by Kikoku, whose life and art remain unknown. The magnificent composition and the mood of the Four Seasons makes this object one of the most important screens. Kikoku probably was a pupil of Suzuki Kiitsu, a famous painter and epigone of the Rimpa school.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
watercolours, gold and silver foil on paper 
Measurements
Width 163.0 cm Height 148.5 cm  
Creator name
Kikoku 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; beginning of the first half  
Function
Folding screen for dividing space and used as a decorative item. 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929). He was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and an outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative arts objects, arms and armours.  
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow, Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Krakow 
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