This painting is all about a few strong brushstrokes. Notice the excellent composition of the artist that has spaced a single potato leaf on a long, vertical, rectangular surface as well as the balance between the large leaf and the small delicate flower. By standing in front of the work and moves the body slightly from one side to the other, back and forth, one finds a position to best communicate with the work. We follow the work’s steps and rhythm until we find a comfortable place for each other. The work invites us and involves us. The rhythm of the work resonates and fills the room that it is placed in.
About the Artist: Seiko Okajima 1827 - 1877
Okajima was born in Kanazawa and was active throughout his career in Kyoto, Okajima was in the third generation of Shijo-school artists, a time when the school had reached maturity. He was apprenticed under Seiki Yokoyama, the master of the composition