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四季花鳥図屏風
Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons

Period:
Momoyama period (1573–1615)
Date:
second half of the 16th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 63 1/4 x 142 in. (160.7 x 360.7 cm) Overall: 69 3/8 x 148 1/2 in. (176.2 x 377.2 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Jackson Burke and Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation Gifts, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.342.1, .2
Not on view
This composition of flowers in a seasonal progression from spring to winter celebrates longevity with its auspicious motif of cranes. The brilliant colors, strong outlines in black ink, and profusion of pictorial elements are typical of the decorative formula established by Kano Motonobu (1476–1559), founder of the Kano school. The boldness, however, is more reminiscent of Motonobu’s grandson, the prolific Kano Eitoku (1543–1590), and the treatment of branches is closer to Eitoku’s style than to that of Motonobu’s other successors. The exaggerated dimensions of the pine and cedar trees, the attempt to create space for the projecting branches in the crowded composition, and the depiction of brushwood hedges in high relief suggest that the work dates to the late sixteenth century.
[ Yamanaka & Co. , Osaka, Japan; at least 1939] ; [ Heisandō Co., Ltd. , Tokyo; by 1986–1987; sold to MMA]
Tokyo. Asahi Shinbun. "Screen Paintings of the Muromachi Period," March 28, 1989–May 7, 1989.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art (Part One)," October 12, 1995–April 28, 1996.

Kyoto National Museum. "The Kano School in the Muromachi Period," October 15, 1996–November 17, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

Kyoto National Museum. "Kanō Eitoku, Momoyama Painter Extraordinaire," October 16, 2007–November 18, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano," February 12, 2015–May 10, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

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