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Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
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Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio

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Item #: 0939
Reg Price: $10.95
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Ten 4 x 9 ¼ in. blank notecards (5 each of 2 designs) with envelopes in a decorative folio.

Each of these two-panel screen reproductions covers the card front and back.

Panoramic notecards do not require extra postage.

Published with the Saint Louis Art Museum.

ISBN 9780764956737
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Fans and Stream Panoramic Notecard Folio
This folio reproduces a pair of stunning decorative screens on two panoramic notecards. The cards, when placed side by side, mimic Japanese folding screens and present Sakai Hōitsu’s painting Fans and Stream in its entirety. The screens are adorned with pictures in the shapes of fans strewn across empty space and swirling eddies of gold. The opened fans, brightly painted with traditional themes of landscapes, birds, and flowers, subtly reveal the four seasons, from the plum blossoms of early spring on the right to the snow-covered cypress of winter on the left.

The act of scattering fans is associated with the art and culture of the ancient capital Kyoto and a particular outing of aristocrats and ladies along the scenic mountains of Arashiyama. As the procession crossed the Sugagawa River near Tenryuji Temple, the fan of a young courtier was caught by a sudden gust of wind and drifted down into the water below. Delighted and inspired by the beautiful and poignant image, others threw their fans over the bridge to watch them float on the breeze into the flowing stream.

Sakai Hōitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828) was born in Edo and began as an art student in the Kanō school after relocating to Kyoto. He studied several styles, including ukiyo-e, under different masters before becoming a painter of the Rinpa school. Art critic Robert Hughes rated the work of Rinpa artists as the grand achievement in painting during the Edo period. About Sakai Hōitsu the respected Hughes opined that he “possessed epigrammatic powers of observation.”

Contains five each of the following notecards:
Fans and Stream, c. 1820–1828
Pair of sliding door panels (fusuma) mounted as two-panel screens
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