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Okuhara Seiko : “Small Bird and Grapes” (c. 1890-1913)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

In this elegant kachoga, or “bird and flower picture,” grapevines create a path for the eye to a blue bird gliding out of frame. Its authorship is attributed to Okuhara Seiko, a renown literati artist, or bunjin, noted for having eschewed a female persona. She wore masculine clothing and short hair, and changed her name from the feminine Setsuko to the gender-neutral Seiko, which means “clear lake.” She lived with her student and companion Watanabe Seiran and, during the 1870s, opened a co-ed school that afforded girls the opportunity to study away from the demands of home.

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