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Landscape of the Four Seasons

Shikibu Terutada

  • Landscape of the Four Seasons / Shikibu Terutada
  • Landscape of the Four Seasons / Shikibu Terutada

Landscape of the Four Seasons, approx. 1500–1573, by Shikibu Terutada (Japanese, active mid 1500s). Ink, light colors, and gold on paper. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60D48+ and B60D49+. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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Shikibu Terutada
Historical era:
Muromachi(16th century)
printed, sprinkled gold on washi paper
a pair of six-fold screens
High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
Each screen H153.7 × W325.1 cm
Kyoto National MuseumMAP
Current owner:
San Francisco Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
ink, gold paint on washi paper

The life of Shikibu Terutada had been covered in mystery, but the recent researches show that he was active in the Kamakura area in Kanto, or eastern Japan in the mid-16th century. He is thought to have established his own painting style through the study of the style of the painting circles in Kamakura including Chuan Shinko and Shōkei in the-mid Muromachi period, and later the one of Kanto branch of the Kano school.
These screens are considered to be the most monumental works executed by Shikibu Terutada. In this painting, the subtle transition of the four seasons can been seen in a panoramic landscape from right to left, which are represented by plum tree, waterfalls, red leaves and snowy mountains. The world has distinctive atmosphere created by the meticulous rendering of rocks and trees together with gold richly applied onto the surface.

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