A narrow body of water is surrounded by land on three sides, with the fourth opening to allow a slender sailboat to come into view. Contrasting ink tones, from coal black to pearl gray, are united by the watery gray wash.
Around 1699 the painter of this small, lyrical landscape helped the legendary Rinpa masters Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) and his younger brother Kenzan (1663–1743) in their venture into the commercial production of decorated ceramics. Shikō, then still a teenager, decorated some of their wares with Kano-style painting. Shikō subsequently created a style of his own, in which he successfully synthesized the academic orthodoxy of the Kano school and the antithetically decorative style of Rinpa.
Artist: Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795)Date: right screen: 1774; left screen: 1793Medium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paperAccession: 2015.300.197.1, .2On view in:Not on view