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Bamboo and plum tree
Important Cultural Property
By Ogata Kōrin
Two-fold screen
Ink on gold leafed paper
Edo period/18th century
Tokyo National Museum
Kôrin showed himself at his best in gorgeous decorative pictures but also left brilliant works of art painted in India ink (suibokuga). This small screen depicts bamboo and plum trees, two items from the three friends of winter (three types of plants that can endure winter's coldness, pine tree, bamboo and plum tree). The bamboo is painted with slow and careful strokes, while the plum trees are painted with quick, simple strokes; in this way, Kôrin successfully integrated the contrasting brush techniques in the same screen.