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MFA Images: Floral Stems

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  • Magnolia Grandiflora

    about 1885–95

    Martin Johnson Heade, American, 1819–1904

    Description
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    38.42 x 61.28 cm (15 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1169

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  • A Sunflower from Maggie

    1937

    Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887–1986

    Description

    Fruit and floral still lifes were an integral part of Georgia O'Keeffe's oeuvre over the course of her career. She used them for her experiments with abstraction-typically simplifying and enlarging the forms of fruits and flowers as she worked with both bold and subtle ranges of color. Of some two dozen canvases she painted in 1937, six were flowers, including hollyhocks, amaryllis, and this sunflower.
    O'Keeffe did not paint an extensive series of sunflowers. She featured them in a pair of canvases in 1935 (Cleveland Museum of Art; private collection) and returned to the subject two years later. In all of the sunflower compositions, she featured a single, virtually life-sized blossom against a colored setting. The flowers are seen close-up, but they have not been greatly enlarged or severely abstracted. In A Sunflower for Maggie, O'Keeffe used a light salmon background which at first seems to contrast to the rich yellow of the flower, but the background color is carefully picked up in the petals. The greens of the florets and leaves are also echoed discreetly in the petals, creating a unified composition.
    The "Maggie" of the title refers to O'Keeffe's friend, Margaret Johnson, wife of Robert Wood Johnson, president of the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson. They owned a house near O'Keeffe at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

    Karen Quinn

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    Dimensions

    40.64 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1987.542

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  • Datura

    about 1910

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

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    Sheet: 40.2 x 26.2 cm (15 13/16 x 10 5/16 in.) Block: 27.7 x 18.5 cm (10 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.891

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  • Large Sunflower (Flos Solis Maior), plate 1 from part 5, B....

    1613, published 1713

    Possibly after Basil Besler, German, 1561–1628 German

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    Platemark: 48.5 x 40.3 cm (19 1/8 x 15 7/8 in.) Sheet: 52 x 42.5 cm (20 1/2 x 16 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Engraving, hand-colored

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    69.97

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  • Description
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    Sheet: 28.6 x 22.9 cm (11 1/4 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, mounted

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.879

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  • White Camellia in a Red and Black Lacquer Bowl

    1880s

    John La Farge, American, 1835–1910

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    Sheet: 24.4 x 24.6 cm (9 5/8 x 9 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    2003.353

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  • Water Lily

    1879

    John La Farge, American, 1835–1910

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    Dimensions

    19.68 x 13.02 cm (7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on panel

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    RES.27.93

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  • Kanamono in the form of a lily

    early to mid-19th century

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    Overall: 4.1 x 0.5 cm (1 5/8 x 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Main material: gold; decorative technique: uchidashi, takabori

    Classification

    Arms and armor

    Accession Number

    21.693

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  • Lotus Blossom

    about 1885–1900

    Martin Johnson Heade, American, 1819–1904

    Description
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    Dimensions

    25.4 x 45.72 cm (10 x 18 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    47.1165

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  • Roses

    1890s

    Elizabeth B. Greene, American, 1837–1915 American

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    Oil on canvas mounted on paperboard

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    37.596

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  • Cherry Blossoms

    Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I, Japanese, 1797–1858

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    Horizontal yotsugiri (quarter ôban); 9.9 x 15.5 cm (3 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.8598

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  • La rose

    1984

    Artist Fred Nall Hollis, American (active in France), born in...

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    overall image: 23 3/8 x 18 5/16 in. (59.4 x 46.5 cm) 3 irreg. plates

    Medium

    Etching, printed from five plates

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2000.948

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  • Evening Primroses (Twenty-Five Photographs)

    negative before 1929, printed 1981–82

    Artist Edward Steichen, American (born in Luxembourg), 1879–1973

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 26.5 x 33.3 cm (10 7/16 x 13 1/8 in.) Mount: 40.5 x 50.7 cm (15 15/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs , Portfolios

    Accession Number

    2000.1181

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  • Design for a Small Plate (Rose) from "Service Bracquemond...

    about 1879

    Félix Bracquemond, French, 1833–1914 French

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    Sheet: 45 x 30.5 cm (17 11/16 x 12 in.) Platemark: 24 x 20.5 cm (9 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Etching

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2004.426

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  • Calla Lily

    1988

    Dency Kane, American, born in 1946 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 22.9 x 22.9 cm (9 x 9 in.) Sheet: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print, selenium toned

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1988.494

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  • Calla Lily on Grey

    1928

    Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887–1986

    Description
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    Dimensions

    80.96 x 43.18 cm (31 7/8 x 17 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1990.431

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  • Description
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    Overall: 13.8 x 8.8 cm (5 7/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color lithograph; ink on card stock

    Classification

    Postcards

    Accession Number

    2002.18675

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  • Roses in a Glass Vase

    about 1919

    Edouard Vuillard, French, 1868–1940

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    Dimensions

    37.2 x 47 cm (14 5/8 x 18 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    41.107

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  • Still Life with Azaleas and Apple Blossoms

    1878

    Charles Caryl Coleman, American, 1840–1928

    Description

    Charles Caryl Coleman’s Still Life with Azaleas and Apple Blossoms demonstrates the influence of the Aesthetic movement on American painting and decorative arts. The movement originated in Britain in the 1870s and 1880s as a reaction against the Industrial Revolution and mass production. It was characterized by a belief in the spiritual and moral power of beauty and by a desire to improve the quality of everyday life through handsome and well-made furnishings and decoration. Like John La Farge [20.1873], Thomas Wilmer Dewing [34.131], James Abbott McNeill Whistler [42.302], and other exponents of the Aesthetic movement, Coleman strove for beauty in the line, color, and arrangement of the objects in his painting. The overall patterning of his composition, his incorporation of exotic traditions, and the manner in which he planned his painting to harmonize with the room around it demonstrate Coleman’s sympathy with the movement.
    An expatriate who lived in Italy for more than fifty years, Coleman was renowned for his beautiful studio in Rome, where he lived until the mid-1880s, and his Villa Narcissus in Capri, where he stayed for the remainder of his life. Both were sumptuously decorated with tapestries, classical antiquities, and ornamental objects from various cultures. The English painter Walter Crane described Coleman’s Roman studio as “the most gorgeous studio of bric-a-brac of any.”[1]Coleman’s interest in the decorative is nowhere more apparent than in the series of large-scale still-life panels he painted in the late 1870s and 1880s.

    In his still-life paintings, Coleman often mixed objects from many cultures: Persian fabrics, Turkish carpets, Venetian vases, Japanese fans, many from his own collection. In Still Life with Azaleas and Apple Blossoms, however, he was inspired both in his composition and his choice of objects by the contemporary fashion for Japanese art. Coleman chose a tall, narrow canvas to suggest a Japanese hanging scroll or the panel of a screen. His apple blossoms in a yellow vase intertwine with azaleas in a lustrous Japanese bronze repoussé pot, against a background of kimono fabric. Even Coleman’s initials in monogram in the lower right and the inscriptions “1878” and “Roma” in the gold leaf rectangular cartouches on the lower left recall the seals often found on Japanese scrolls.

    Like Whistler, whose famous Peacock Room of 1876–77 (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) epitomized Aestheticism, Coleman thought of his composition as an integral part of the decorative scheme for an entire room. This intention is clear from a sketch on the stretcher (the wooden framework supporting the canvas) indicating the position of this painting on a wall and an accompanying penciled note that reads: “From Drawing Room facing fire, right of glass.” He was evidently pleased with Still Life with Azaleas and Apple Blossoms, for he made a near copy in 1879 (De Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).

    Notes
    1. Walter Crane, An Artist’s Reminiscences (London: Methuen & Co., 1907), 129.

    This text was adapted from Elliot Bostwick Davis et al., American Painting [http://www.mfashop.com/9020398034.html], MFA Highlights (Boston: MFA Publications, 2003).

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    Dimensions

    180.3 x 62.9 cm (71 x 24.75 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    2001.255

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  • [One of] 23 Floral embroidery designs

    Jean François Bony, French, 1754–1825

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    Sheet: 23.2 x 16 cm (9 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    29.2198

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  • [One of] 23 Floral embroidery designs

    late 18th–early 19th century

    Jean François Bony, French, 1754–1825

    Description
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    Overall: 16.7 x 20.5 cm (6 9/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    29.2188

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  • Embroidery design

    Jean François Bony, French, 1754–1825

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    Overall: 13.1 x 16.2 cm (5 3/16 x 6 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Gouache

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    30.1675

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  • Design for Embroidery

    about 1825–28

    Unidentified artist, French, 19th century, French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    22.2 x 14.1 cm (8 3/4 x 5 9/16 in.)

    Medium

    Opaque watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    30.1634

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  • Embroidery design

    Jean François Bony, French, 1754–1825

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    Dimensions

    21.3 x 13.8 cm (8 3/8 x 5 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Gouache

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    30.1683

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  • All-over design with one flower repeated

    Attributed to Jean François Bony, French, 1754–1825

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    Overall: 18.1 x 27.2 cm (7 1/8 x 10 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Gouache

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    31.1297

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  • Apple Blossoms

    about 1879

    John La Farge, American, 1835–1910

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet (irregular): 25.6 x 19.4 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    35.1175

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  • Spider Lily

    about 1905

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 40.6 x 34.4 cm (16 x 13 9/16 in.) Block: 27.7 x 25.5 cm (10 7/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.888

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  • Sea Cabbage

    1905

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

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    Block: 27.6 x 18.4 cm (10 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.) Sheet: 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

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    Color woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.894

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  • Achilles

    about 1906

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

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    Block: 27.6 x 18.5 cm (10 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.) Sheet: 40.5 x 25.8 cm (15 15/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.895

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  • Iris

    about 1910

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

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    Sheet: 39.5 x 26.4 cm (15 9/16 x 10 3/8 in.) Block: 27.4 x 18.4 cm (10 13/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.906

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  • Pepper

    about 1907

    Edna Boies Hopkins, American, 1872–1937 American

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    Sheet: 40 x 26.5 cm (15 3/4 x 10 7/16 in.) Block: 27.7 x 18.5 cm (10 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Color woodcut

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    Prints

    Accession Number

    48.907

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  • Exploding Bud (Billbergia)

    1925

    Imogen Cunningham, American, 1883–1976 American

    Description

    Imogen Cunningham, who was a leading West Coast Pictorialist in her early career, created a series of plant studies during the 1920s that were landmarks in the development of a modernist, sharp-focus aesthetic in photography.
    Her Exploding Bud (Billbergia) exemplifies the technique she used for her plant studies, making close-up details even more abstract through dramatic contrasts in lighting. Here, the highlighted bud seems to emerge as we watch, its intense energy bursting through the velvety blackness of the surrounding shadows. A metaphor for the reproductive force of nature, the bud nonetheless documents aspects of its species with the sharp-focus clarity of the best scientific illustration.

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    Dimensions

    Image: 31.1 x 20.9 cm (12 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.) Sheet: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    1973.302

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  • Description
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    Sheet: 26 x 20.3 cm (10 1/4 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.856

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  • Digitalis, or Foxglove

    1890–1920

    Unidentified artist "TS" or "ST"; French, 19th century, French

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    Sheet: 29.2 x 22.9 cm (11 1/2 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, mounted

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.861

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  • Description
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    Sheet: 20 x 26 cm (7 7/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.863

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  • Description
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    Sheet: 26 x 20.3 cm (10 1/4 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.865

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  • Arum of the woods

    1890–1920

    Unidentified artist "TS" or "ST"; French, 19th century, French

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    Sheet: 20 x 26.4 cm (7 7/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.871

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  • Horse Chestnut tree

    1890–1920

    Achille Quinet, French, 1831–1900 French

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 25.4 x 20 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, gelatin silver print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.875

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  • Two stalks of flowering plants

    1890–1920

    Unidentified artist, French, 19th century, French

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    Dimensions

    Sheet: 27.9 x 22.9 cm (11 x 9 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, albumen print, mounted

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2002.878

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  • Rose Mallows

    latter half of the 17th to first half of the 18th century

    Attributed to Kano Tsunenobu, Japanese, 1636–1713 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 95.5 x 43.9 cm (37 5/8 x 17 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.4420

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  • Peony

    mid-18th century

    Tsuruzawa Tangei Moriyoshi, Japanese, 1688–1769 Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 91.7 x 32 cm (36 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    11.6698

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Image: 18 x 16.1 cm (7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.29

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  • Album of Birds and Flowers

    first half of the 19th century

    Artist Unknown, Japanese

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    Dimensions

    Image: 18 x 16.1 cm (7 1/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    18-fold album; ink and color on silk

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    01.8477.34

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  • Morning Glories in a Hanging Basket, from the series Flower...

    Artist Utagawa Toyohiro, Japanese, 1773–1828

    Description
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    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 38.6 x 25.6 cm (15 3/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6841

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  • Water Plantain in Bowl with Carp Design, from the series Flower...

    Artist Utagawa Toyohiro, Japanese, 1773–1828

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    Dimensions

    Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 24.8 cm (14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    21.6895

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