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Landscape

Artist:
Sesson Shūkei (ca. 1504–ca. 1589)
Period:
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Six-panel folding screen; ink on paper
Dimensions:
60 1/2 in. x 11 ft. 8 1/4 in. (153.7 x 356.2 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Bequest of Hope Skillman Schary, 1981
Accession Number:
1982.244.16
Not on view
This screen was originally the right half of a pair. Mountains enclose a vast lake, which presumably extended across the left screen (now missing) in a conventional landscape composition. The dynamic mountain and river landscape evokes the sixteenth-century monk-painter Sesson Shūkei, who developed an expressive style based on a highly personal interpretation of a popular Chinese subject, the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. The four themes embedded in the screen are (from right to left): Mountain Market in Clearing Mist, Returning Sail off Distant Shore, Autumn Moon over Lake Dongting, and Fishing Village in Evening Glow.

Sesson was active in the Kantō region, which was located far from Kyoto (an established center of artistic production), and therefore developed his own distinctive style. Pasting variably sized sheets of paper onto the screen was an idiosyncrasy of his work.
Signature: Two seals of Sesson on right end of panel, in red
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