This week we'll start with a painting which is both seasonal and is a painting I've never seen before. However I could tell who the painter was straight away due to a particular attribute of the painting. I'm thinking a fair few will also make the connection - identify the artist - and go hunting for the title.
|Who painted this? #61|
Briefly, in your comment you must tell me ALL of the following:
- the title of the artwork
- the name of the artist who created this artwork
- the date it was created
- the media used
- where it lives now
- how you know all this eg how did you do your search
- anything else you can find out about the artwork and/or artist
Remember also I don't publish the comments until next week's post.
How to participate in "Who painted this? #60"
PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.
Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).
- use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images
- leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook!
- if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
- if wrong it will be published
- the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)
Who Painted This #59 - The Answer
|Who painted this? #60 - Cypress Tree by Kanō Eitoku|
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Kanō Eitoku (狩野 永徳, 1543 - 1590)
Date it was created: 1590? Azuchi-Momoyama period/16th century
Media used: eight folded screen; Ink on paper covered with gold leaves, 170.3 x 460.5
Where it lives now: Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館)
The painting has been designated as National Treasure in the category paintings.
The link to the museum has a wonderful explanation about this painting.
Against a backdrop of gold-leafed ground and clouds, the powerful form of an enormous tree fills the screen with its great spreading branches. By simplifying the background, minimizing the number of colors, and by depicting the tree bark energetically with a seemingly coarse brush, the artist has emphasized the commanding presence of the cypress tree. The dark blue waters of a pond peek out from openings in the gold ground and gold clouds.You can get up close and personal and inspect the original file - but first be sure to note its size! Original file (20,880 × 7,822 pixels, file size: 85.61 MB, MIME type: image/jpeg)
What's special about this painting is that it is painted on an eight panel screen.
Who guessed correct?
Tessa Spanton (Colours and Textures) was the first to respond very fast with a comprehensive answer.
Special mention to:
- Sue Smith who also got the answer fast
- Bernadette Madden who also provided a very full answer with great information about the artist.
I can highly recommend going back and reading the original post