Asian Art
Artist: Ogawa Ritsuo, Japanese, 1663–1747

Ducks on a Wintry Pond

1st half 18th century

Two-panel folding screen, color on dark (possibly indigo dyed) paper

without mounting: 17 1/16 x 52 1/16 in. (43.4 x 132.3 cm) with mounting: 23 5/16 x 58 1/4 in. (59.2 x 148 cm) framed: 26 9/16 x 61 1/8 in. (67.5 x 155.3 cm)
Gift of J. Watson Webb, B.A. 1907, and Electra Havemeyer Webb
1940.176
Like herons, ducks are also associated with winter. In this screen, ducks float in a dark, wintry pond accented by thin, stylized swirls on the surface and framed by a clump of snow-laden leaves. The texture of the leaves under the snow resembles the detailed plumage of the floating ducks. The prop-like placement of the ducks against the dark background recalls earlier Rinpa-school designs. Although the artist, Ogawa Ritsu? (also known as Ogawa Haritsu), is best known for his bold but refined maki-e lacquer works with imbedded precious stones, he began as a haiku poet and also painted scrolls and screens, as seen here.
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Paintings
Geography: 
Japan
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

Kou Aimi, Aimi Kou shu, eds. Mitsutoshi Nakano and Junichi Kikutake, 5 vols. (Musashimurayama-shi, Japan: Seishodo, 1985–98), vol. 4, pp. 7–64, 65–69.

Ritsuo-zaiku: Ogawa Haritsu, exh. cat. (Kyoto: Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan, 1991).

“Ogawa Haritsu: Edo kogei no iki,” Nihon no Bijutsu no. 389 (October 1998).

Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 33, ill.

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