Bright with All Sorts of Flowers

百花百草図
百花百草圖
百花百草图
백화백초도

IOKI, Bunsai

五百城 文哉
五百城 文哉
이오키 분사이

c.1903
Watercolor on silk
147.3×86.4cm


A detailed depiction of the alpine plants blossoming in full glory in the Northern Alps in Japan.

日本の北アルプスに咲き誇る高山植物の細密な描写
細緻地描繪了日本的北阿爾卑斯山脈上所綻放的高山植物
细致地描绘了绽放在日本的北阿尔卑斯山脉(飞騨山脉)上的高山植物
일본의 북 알프스에 피어나는 고산 식물을 세밀하게 묘사


Alpine plants in diverse colors blossom in full glory and the inherent beauty of each one of the flowers is depicted like a specimen. The artist was such a devotee of alpine plants that he created a rock garden, which is said to be the first in Japan, in his own garden. The content of this painting also serves as something like a report of the botanization carried out on Mount Shirouma, which Ioki climbed together with fellow researchers of alpine plants. The inscription in the lower right tells us that this was painted for Kurushima Michihiro, a member of this group of alpine plant devotees. The renowned botanist Makino Tomitaro was also a member of this group and Makino gave botanical names to the new species of alpine plants that Ioki and others discovered.