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Blue Phoenix

A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold on silk.

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  • A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold on silk.




Ōmura Kōyō
Japanese, 1891-1983

About this artwork

Ōmura Kōyō’s Blue Phoenix overwhelms the viewer with a close-up view of a lush tropical forest inhabited by a bird species known as the great argus. A pair on the right perches calmly, in contrast with the active male bird on the left, who is engaged in a mating dance and fans his patterned feathers out across multiple panels. The whole work also features the bright red-and-orange blossoms of the royal poinciana flower. The artist observed made in sketches of this wildlife during a trip to the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia).


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Arts of Asia


Ōmura Kōyō


Blue Phoenix


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold on silk


Each: 190 × 376 cm (74 7/8 × 148 in.)

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Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Alsdorf Acquisition Fund;Russell Tyson Endowment Fund; President's Exhibition and Acquisition FundFoundation

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