Gift of Richard W. Courts, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Watson, 1966
Not on view
On this charming screen, the peculiar fan shape known as a dansen serves as a frame for the two images and gives the viewer the impression of looking through two picturesque windows. The application of gold leaf to the reverse side of the silk lends the painting a subtle glow and a sense of depth and weight. The chrysanthemum and cotton rose on the right represent autumn, while on the left, the sasanqua, narcissus, and withered reeds symbolize winter. Another screen, with spring and summer scenes, probably once accompanied this one. Kano Chikanobu, the leading Kano-school painter in eighteenth-century Edo, was particularly accomplished in bird-and-flower genre works.
Signature: Seals: two
Inscription: Center left [not identical to Chikanobu's signatures in Sawada, Akira Nippon Gakwa Jiten (dictionary of Japanese painters) Tokyo, 1927, signatures section pp. 456-59]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Mighty Kano School: Orthodoxy and Iconoclasm," December 18, 2004–June 5, 2005.
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.
Artist: Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)Date: 17th–18th centuryMedium: One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gilt on paper; Reverse side: ink, color, and gold on paperAccession: 29.100.498On view in:Gallery 225