Paste Resist-Dyed Peonies on a Japanese Paper Folding Screen 1943
Inagaki Toshijiro （1902-1963）
Two tree peony rootstocks supported by stakes are expressed in shaded indigo and other colors through rice-paste resist-dyeing. The magnificent rootstock on the right side has produced large flowers. The rootstock on the left is pruned, and although there are no flowers, buds and shoots have begun to sprout. The contrast between the two is captured in the exquisite composition despite the limited number of colors.
Paste resist dyeing on paper; two-fold screen
169.0 × 176.0 cm
Inagaki Toshijiro was born in Kyoto City. He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Arts and Crafts. He won his first prize with a dyed piece at the Kokuga Art Association.He earned special awards at the goverment juried exhibitions. After World War II, Inagaki took part in the formation of the Shinsho Arts and Crafts Association. In his early years, he used a tube to apply the paste, but after the war, he developed a distinct style of boldly simplified objects by limiting the number of colors in his stencil dyeing.
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