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Landscape

Artist:
Watanabe Shikō (Japanese, 1683–1755)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
first half of the 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Two-panel folding screen; ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 59 7/16 x 66 9/16 in. (151 x 169.1 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.366
Not on view
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.
#8821: Landscape, Part 1
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#8822: Landscape, Part 2
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Signature: Signed (lower left): Watanabe Shiko ga (Painted by Watanabe Shiko); Seal (red square below signature): Shiko no in (Seal of Shiko)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Mighty Kano School: Orthodoxy and Iconoclasm," December 18, 2004–June 5, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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