Goose and Reeds; Willows in the Moonlight

Maruyama Ōkyo 円山応挙 Japanese

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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.

Goose and Reeds; Willows in the Moonlight, Maruyama Ōkyo 円山応挙 (Japanese, 1733–1795), Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paper, Japan

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2015.300.197.1, overall, right screen