Exhibitions/ Art Object

Moon over an Autumn Moor

Artist:
Attributed to Kano Yukinobu (Japanese, ca. 1513–1575)
Period:
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Originally a fan mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and silver on gilded paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. (24.8 x 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.140
Not on view
Under the silver moon and the long, swaying green blades are the elegant flowers of autumn: chrysanthemums, carnations, and Chinese bellflowers, among others. Thread-thin silver brushstrokes above the green hills may indicate a flowing stream. The gentle colors and delicate flowers evoke waka poetry.

The same subject, depicted in equally asymmetrical compositions, occurs in a number of fan paintings that bear the seals of Kano masters such as Shōei (1519–1592). This fan is also impressed with a seal, tentatively identified as that of Kano Yukinobu, who was either a younger brother of Kano Motonobu or his son. Although the seal's authenticity is in question, the painting is an excellent example of the Kano school's determined effort to absorb yamato-e idioms.
Signature: Within the flowering chrysanthemums at lower left, barely discernible amid the wind-blown blossoms is a vermilion seal of Kano Yukinobu,
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