Visiting Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion? You must join the virtual exhibition queue when you arrive. If capacity has been reached for the day, the queue will close early.

Learn more
The Poetry of Nature Cover

The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

Carpenter, John T. with contributions by Midori Oka
2018
224 pages
125 illustrations
View More Publication Info

With a shared reverence for the arts of Japan, T. Richard Fishbein and his wife, Estelle P. Bender assembled an outstanding and diverse collection of paintings of the Edo period (1615–1868). The Poetry of Nature offers an in-depth look at more than forty works from their collection that together trace the development of the major schools and movements of the era—Rinpa, Nanga, Zen, Maruyama-Shijō, and Ukiyo-e—from their roots in Heian court culture and the Kano and Tosa artistic lineages that preceded them.

Insightful essays by John T. Carpenter and Midori Oka reveal a unifying theme—the celebration of the natural world—expressed in varied forms, from the bold, graphic manner of Rinpa to the muted sensitivity of Nanga. Lavishly illustrated, these works draw particular focus to the unique intertwinement of poetry and the pictorial arts that is fundamental to the Japanese tradition. In addition to providing new readings and translations of Japanese and Chinese poems, The Poetry of Nature sheds new light on the ways in which Edo artists used verse to transform their paintings into a hybrid literary and visual art.

Met Art in Publication

Bo Ya Plays the Qin as Zhong Ziqi Listens, Kano Motonobu  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan
1530s
Pheasants among Trees: Flowers of the Four Seasons, Kano Shōei  Japanese, Pair of hanging scrolls; ink, color, and gold on paper, Japan
probably 1560s
Landscape in Moonlight, Kano Tan'yū  Japanese, One of a triptych of hanging scrolls; ink on silk, Japan
after 1662
Quail and Autumn Flowers, Tosa Mitsuoki  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan
late 17th century
Brown-Eared Bulbul (Hiyodori) on a Branch of Plum, Kano Shōei  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan
mid- to late 16th century
Waxwings, Cherry Blossoms, and Bamboo, Kiyohara Yukinobu  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan
late 17th century
Egrets and Cotton Roses, Tosa Mitsuoki  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan
mid- to late 17th century
“Mount Utsu” (Utsu no yama), from The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari)

, Tawaraya Sōtatsu  Japanese, Poem card (shikishi) mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper, Japan
ca. 1634
“Sixth Month” from Fujiwara no Teika’s “Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months” 


, Ogata Kenzan  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan
1743
Paper Wasp (Hachi); Hairy Caterpillar (Kemushi), from the Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon mushi erami), Kitagawa Utamaro  Japanese, Page from woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper, Japan
1788
Activities of the Twelve Months, Sakai Hōitsu  Japanese, Eleven hanging scrolls from a set of twelve; ink and color on silk, Japan
late 1790s
White-Robed Kannon, Sakai Hōitsu  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk, Japan
1823
Irises at Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges), Ogata Kōrin  Japanese, Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on gold leaf on paper, Japan
after 1709
One Hundred Paintings by Kōrin (Kōrin hyakuzu), Sakai Hōitsu  Japanese, Four volumes of woodblock printed books; ink on paper, Japan
1815 (first two volumes) and–1826 (two sequel volumes)
Blossoming Cherry Trees, Sakai Hōitsu  Japanese, Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold leaf on paper, Japan
ca. 1805
Persimmon Tree, Sakai Hōitsu  Japanese, Two-panel folding screen; ink and color on paper, Japan
1816
Hollyhocks and Prince’s-Feather Flowers, Sakai Ōho  Japanese, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Japan
early 19th century
Six Jewel Rivers 
, Sakai Ōho  Japanese, Six handscrolls; ink, color, and gold on silk, Japan
ca. 1839
Six Jewel Rivers from Various Provinces, Utagawa Hiroshige  Japanese, Six woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan
1857
Kōrin Picture Album (Kōrin gafu) 光琳画譜
, Nakamura Hōchū 中村芳中  Japanese, Woodblock printed book in two volumes (orihon, accordion-style); ink and color on paper, Japan
after 1826 (reprinted posthumously)
Showing 20 of 54

You May Also Like

Citation

View Citations

Carpenter, John T., Midori Oka, and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), eds. 2018. The Poetry of Nature: Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.