Pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, and gold leaf on paper
Image: 61 13/16 x 9 ft. 9 3/4 in. (157 x 360 cm)
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Not on view
This pair of six-panel screens combines the traditional Chinese subject of bamboo with the four seasons. Starting on the right, the sequence begins with spring, where violets and shepherd’s purse are clustered at the base of a bamboo grove. Early summer is represented in the last two panels of the right screen and the first two panels of the left screen with the stout, conical forms of new bamboo shoots. Slender bamboo stalks entwined with red-tinged ivy suggest autumn. A stand of bamboo heavily weighted with snow brings the composition to a wintry close. The rhythmic cadences of the bamboo, arranged with reference to a ground plane, typify the decorative approach to screen composition practiced by artists of the Tosa school.
An inscription on the left screen by Tosa Mitsuoki (1617–1691) attributes the work to Tosa Mitsunobu, who is considered the school’s founder.
Artist: Circle of Kano Mitsunobu (Japanese, ca. 1561–1608)Date: late 16th centuryMedium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold leaf on paperAccession: 2015.300.70.1, .2On view in:Not on view