Nakagawa Wadô (1880-1943)

Six-Panel Flower and Bird Screen

Inv. Nr. #17.005
Date 1920/30
Material Colors on gold
Dimensions 340 x 190 cm

Six-panel folding screen with bird-flower painting on gold ground painted by Nakagawa Wadô (1880 - ca. 1943). The painting shows a finely arranged composition of summer vegetation such as iris, peony, poppy and lilys that are hold by bamboo sticks growing around a moose covered rock on which a wagtail rests. The colorful painting on a bright gold leaf covered ground was outdone in style of the Rinpa school. Signed "Wadô", sealed "Nakagawa made".


Nakagawa Wadô was born 1880 in Osaka as son of Nakagawa Rogetsu (1859-1924). who has been a painter of the Maruyama school. Wadô was further trained by Fukada Chokujô (1861-1947) and Kikuchi Hôbun (1862-1918) and established the Osaka Art Organization in collaboration with Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947).