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円山応挙筆 芦雁∙柳月図屏風
Goose and Reeds; Willows in the Moonlight

Artist:
Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
right screen: 1774; left screen: 1793
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Each: Image: 60 9/16 in. × 11 ft. 7 1/2 in. (153.9 × 354.4 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.300.197.1, .2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 226
A goose, wings half spread, swoops toward the surface of the water in the right-hand screen. The only indications of a shore are tops of spindly reeds bending beneath the wind in the lower right corner and waves cresting close by. On the left screen, willow trees by a river and the moon’s reflection on the surface of the water offer a more quietly lyrical view. In both, the viewpoint is low and pictorial elements are close to the viewer, giving the background space a feeling of great depth. Although they have been handed down as a pair, dates inscribed by Maruyama Ōkyo on each screen are some two decades apart. Ōkyo, founder of the Maruyama-Shijō school, blended Western-style realism with elements from Japanese and Chinese traditions of painting in a manner that made him one of the most popular artists of his day.
Signature: Signature left screen: Kichu [1793] chushu ni utsusu Okyo; right screen: An-ei Kogo [1774] kito ni utsusu Okyo
Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
Delray Beach. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. "Japanese Art: Personal Selections from The Mary and Jackson Burke Collection," January 30, 1993–March 28, 1993.

Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," July 5, 2005–August 19, 2005.

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 4, 2005–December 11, 2005.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," January 24, 2006–March 5, 2006.

Miho Museum. "Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," March 15, 2006–June 11, 2006.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. "Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature," June 7, 2008–October 18, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.

Burke, Mary Griggs. Japanese Art: Personal Selections from the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. Delray Beach, Fla.: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 1993, fig. 14, no. 28.

Tsuji Nobuo et al. Nyūyōku Bāku korekushon-ten: Nihon no bi sanzennen no kagayaki / Enduring Legacy of Japanese Art: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Miho Museum, Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture. [Tokyo]: Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha, 2005, cat. no. 97.
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