Rankafu: Masterpieces of Japanese Woodblock Prints of Orchids

Over the winter of 2019, visitors to the gallery could discover vibrant woodblock prints of orchids, published in 1946, that were based on the watercolours of Zuigetsu Ikeda. The Rankafu prints are considered masterpieces in this technically demanding artform, and this display at Kew is believed to be the first major exhibition of the Rankafu woodblock colour prints outside of Japan.

The Rankafu Collection (Ran-ka-fu = ‘Orchid Flower Album’) was on loan from the Collection of Stephen Kirby.