Exhibitions/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

狩野探幽筆 月夜山水図
Landscape in Moonlight

Artist:
Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
after 1662
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
One of a triptych of hanging scrolls; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 39 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. (100.6 x 42.5 cm) Overall: 75 1/4 x 23 1/2 in. (191.1 x 59.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
1975.268.50
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230
Kano Tan’yū brilliantly recasts landscape motifs taken from the traditional subject Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang Rivers. In an ethereal panoramic view, the artist balances unpainted void with painted form and exploits the separate-but-linked quality of the triptych format. These paintings (1975.268.49–.51) by Tan’yū, the Tokugawa shogunate’s official painter (goyō-eshi), reveal a striking shift of taste from the lush heroic style of the Momoyama period (late sixteenth to early seventeenth century) to the more subdued and erudite style of the Kano school, which dominated Japanese art through the Edo period.

All three scrolls bear the signature “Hōin Tan’yū,” which indicates that they were made after the influential painter was granted the honorific title Hōin (Seal of the Buddhist Law) from the palace in 1662 at age sixty-one.
Related Objects

Landscape in Moonlight

Artist: Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672) Date: after 1662 Medium: One of a triptych of hanging scrolls; ink on silk Accession: 1975.268.49 On view in:Gallery 230

Landscape in Moonlight

Artist: Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672) Date: after 1662 Medium: One of a triptych of hanging scrolls; ink on silk Accession: 1975.268.51 On view in:Gallery 230

Landscapes of the Four Seasons

Artist: Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672) Date: 1630s Medium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on paper Accession: 2015.300.77.1, .2 On view in:Not on view

Sparrow and Bamboo

Artist: Attributed to Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672) Date: 17th century Medium: Hanging scroll; india ink on paper Accession: 14.76.35 On view in:Not on view

Fisherman

Artist: Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1672) Date: 17th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink on paper Accession: 60.47 On view in:Not on view