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Dragons and Clouds

Kaiho Yusho

  • 「Dragons and Clouds from the abbot chambers of Kenninji-temple 」 Kaiho Yusho
  • 「Dragons and Clouds from the abbot chambers of Kenninji-temple 」 Kaiho Yusho

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

DATA
Artist:
Kaiho Yusho
Historical era:
Azuchi-Momoyama (16th century)
Material:
printed on washi paper
Medium:
Four sliding doors
Theme:
High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
Size:
The west side four sliding doors: each L198.0 × W187.0 cm
The north side four sliding doors: each L186.0 × W133.0 cm
Recipient:
Kenninji TempleMAP
Period of creation:
The work of the second period: the west side four sliding doors of the Rai-no-ma room
The work of the forth period: the north side four sliding doors of the Rai-no-ma room
[Original]
Current owner:
Kenninji Temple
Material:
ink on washi paper
DESCRIPTION

When it comes to prominent painters during the Momoyama era, Kano school painters Eitoku and Sanraku quickly come to mind. However, it was Kaiho Yusho that would make a name for himself and leave a tremendous impact on the history of modern door and screen painting. The 50 panels painted inside the abbot's chamber at Kenninji became a lifetime monumental work for Yusho, and for the art. Eight of these panels focus on the dragon and clouds. Dragon and clouds were painted often, as were tigers, during the Muromachi era. Over the span of this panoramic screen, the dragon occupies an affirmative position. Contrasting techniques are employed in this work. The clouds are painted using only varying shades of gray, with no outlines. More liberal strokes are used to render the dragon. Yusho's skilled artistry expresses the weight of the picture's significance -- dragons are revered with deity for their legendary elusiveness from fire and calamities.

Exhibit information

Exhibit information

Exhibit dates:
Currently on display.
Place:
Kenninji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
URL:
http://www.kenninji.jp/english/index.html
Address:
605-0811
584, Komatsu Town, Yamato Ojidori 4-jo Kudaru, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

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