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Landscapes of the Four Seasons

Sesshu

  • 「Landscapes of the Four Seasons」 Sesshu
  • 「Landscapes of the Four Seasons」 Sesshu
  • 「Landscapes of the Four Seasons」 Sesshu

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:
Sesshu
Historical era:
Muromachi (15th century)
Material:
printed on washi paper
Medium:
One scroll
Theme:
High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
Size:
Single scroll L39.7 × W1592.0 cm
Recipient:
Mohri MuseumMAP
[Original]
Current owner:
Mohri Museum
Material:
ink on washi paper
DESCRIPTION

Sesshu (1420 to 1506) is said to have moved to the ancient capital when he was 10, where he entered Shoukokuji Temple and began studying under the great priest, Shurin Shuto and temple painter, Shubun. This ink and wash painting was supposedly presented to the Ouchi family, Sesshu's lifetime guardian. It is considered Sesshu's greatest work of art. The scroll, more than 15 meters long, draws upon his travels through China's vast nature land and various parts of Japan. Sesshu sought to reflect the beauty inherent in the nature of Japan by rendering the pavilions, pagodas, and people using Chinese strokes, and embracing that with a background of changing seasons using Japanese strokes.

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