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Oirase Ravine (Autumn)

Okuda Gensō1983

Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamatane Museum of Art

Already past the age of 70, Gensô decided that he could make large-scale works up until the age of 80, and thus set him self the task of creating one large-scale work a year. First he spent three months painting this work, and then around four years later he created Oirase Ravine (Spring) in about the same scale. In the autumn scene the river flows from left to right, while in the spring he shows the opposite flow, thus intentionally setting up a contrasting pair of compositions. Among the seasons of the year, Gensô was particularly fond of the new foliage and autumn foliage periods when "you could most strongly sense the soul of nature." He said about Oirase, "My body becomes impatient to welcome the new foliage and autumn foliage seasons." This work with its stunning palette gave rise to the color term, Gensô red.

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  • Title: Oirase Ravine (Autumn)
  • Date Created: 1983
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 紙本・彩色・額(1面・3枚)
  • 作家名(日本語): 奥田元宋
  • 作品名(日本語): 奥入瀬(秋)
  • Physical Dimensions: w5460 x h1820 mm
  • Painter: Okuda Gensō
  • Type: Nihonga (Modern Japanese Paintings)
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Color on Paper

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