Nakagawa Wadō (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 a bird and flower painting on a gold ground by Nakagawa Wadō (1880-1943?). The painting shows a finely arranged composition of summer vegetation such as iris, peony, poppy and lily held by bamboo canes growing around a mossy rock on which a wagtail is resting. The colorful painting on a ground covered with bright gold leaf is in the style of the Rinpa school. Signed "Wadō", sealed "Nakagawa made".

Nakagawa Wadō was born in 1880 in Ōsaka as the son of Nakagawa Rogetsu (1859-1924), a painter of the Maruyama school. Wadō was trained by Fukada Chokujō (1861-1947) and Kikuchi Hōbun (1862-1918) and founded the Osaka Art Organization together with Kitano Tsunetomi (1880-1947).