Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold flecks, and gold leaf on paper
Image (each screen): 5 ft. 2 3/16 in. x 11 ft. 8 15/16 in. (1.58 x 3.58 m)
Gift of Rosemarie and Leighton Longhi, 2001
Not on view
This pair of screens depicts an imaginary scene in China, with a waterfall and lake set among craggy mountains. On the right screen, three Chinese gentlemen-scholars enjoy tea. The left screen features a sumptuous mansion with covered corridors; a pavilion stands atop stone masonry. Scholars sit within the pavilion, while the lady of the house and two maidservants can be seen in other parts of the building. More scholars approach the house on foot and by boat.
The artist, Mori Shūhō, was the elder brother of the better-known Mori Sosen (1747–1821), a renowned painter of monkeys. Shūhō incorporated the orthodox Kano style of painting (evident in the linear brush technique) with newly learned Western elements like the low-lying foreground, which creates a strong sense of distance. Such divergent features forecast the complex developments that were to characterize artistic movements of the nineteenth century immediately following Shūhō’s death.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: The artist's signature, "Hogen Shuho hitsu" (Painted by Shuho, holding the title of hogen), and a large undecipherable seal are found on both screens.
Rosemarie and Leighton R. Longhi , New York (until 2001; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.
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:Gallery 226
Artist:Studio of Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died ca. 1640) Date:mid- to late 17th centuryMedium:Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, silver, and gold flecks on paperAccession:1975.268.60, .61On view in:Gallery 225