Boats upon Waves, Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640), Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper, Japan

波に舟図屏風
Boats upon Waves

Artist:
Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
mid- to late 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
61 1/8 x 141 3/4 in. (155.2 x 360 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1949
Accession Number:
49.35.3
Not on view
This work relates closely to a pair of screens by the celebrated early seventeenth-century Kyoto painter Sōtatsu depicting Matsushima, a scenic locale near Sendai in northern Japan named after its tiny islands dotted with pines. The present screen echoes Sōtatsu’s earlier composition with its gold-filled cloud formations and its rocks in vibrant shades of brown, blue, and green. However, growing from the rocks are maple trees with autumnal leaves, not pines, and newly introduced are two empty boats adrift on gently rolling waves. These details generate a somber, mysterious atmosphere.
Signature: Seal: Sotatsu
Horace Havemeyer , New York (until 1949; donated to MMA)
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