Exhibitions/ Art Object

Summer and Autumn Landscapes

Nakabayashi Chikkei (Japanese, 1816–1867)
Edo period (1615–1868)
mid-19th century
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold flecks on paper
Image (each screen): 5 ft. 1/4 in. x 11 ft. 8 9/16 in. (1.53 x 3.57 m)
Credit Line:
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.768.1, .2
Not on view
This pair of screens shares the tranquil subject of tall mountains and deep ravines. On the right screen the solitary figure of a Chinese scholar reveling in the lush vegetation and surging current is almost indiscernible among the trees of summer. The autumn landscape at left, with its angular mountains, is stripped of human presence, and the struggling foliage deepens the quiet of the season. Sparingly applied ink combined with a sprinkling of fine gold flecks creates gentle, elegant landscapes that seem as if experienced in a reverie.

Nakabayashi Chikkei, the eldest son of Chikutō, was part of the last generation of the Nanga (literati) school of painters in the Edo period. Chikkei preserved the earlier Nanga tradition, but at the same time he injected into it an air of modernity in such details as the low horizon.
Signature: The artist's signature "Chikkei Hayashi Seigyo" (right) and "Chikkei Seigyo "(left), with two seals reading "Seigyo no in" and "Aza Shofu" are found on both screens.
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