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芦雁図屏風; 柳に水上月図屏風
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
Not on view
A single goose, wings spread and neck outstretched, swoops down toward the surface of the water. The only indications of the beach upon which the goose prepares to land are the tops of several spindly, dried reeds in the lower-right corner as well as waves cresting near the shore. This screen is paired with another screen that depicts the slender upper branches of willows next to a river and the moon’s reflection on the rippling surface of the water.

The slender upper branches of willows sway on the riverbank. Nearby, the reflection of the moon fragments on the surface of the water, disturbed by the gently rippling river. This screen is paired with another screen at its right that depicts a single goose, wings spread and neck outstretched, swooping down toward a beach, indicated only by the tops of several spindly, dried reeds and cresting waves.

Although they have been handed down as a pair, the dates given by Ōkyo for each screen are some two decades apart: the present right screen is dated to 1774 and the left screen to 1793. The reason for this remains a mystery.
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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