- Kusumi Morikage
- Historical era:
- Edo (17th century)
- printed on washi paper
- two-fold screen
- High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
- H149.1 × W165.6 cm
- National Institutes for Cultural Heritage National Center for the Promotion of Cultural PropertiesMAP
- Current owner:
- Tokyo Natoinal Museum
- ink, light color on washi paper
The painter of this screen, Kusumi Morikage (dates unknown), studied under Kano Tanyu — hailed as a second Kano Eitoku — and ranked among his four star pupils. But he left the Kano school because of a family scandal, it is said, and was later patronized by the Maeda clan, the rulers of Kaga domain.
This painting, one of Morikage’s most famous works and a designated National Treasure, lyrically depicts a humble scene from everyday life: a peasant family of three enjoying the evening cool beneath the full moon as they relax on a straw mat under a calabash-vine arbor. The scene is believed to have been inspired by the following verse of Kinoshita Choshoshi, a poet of the early Edo Period.
Cooling off under the blooming moonflower trellis,
Man in his loincloth,
Woman in her waistcloth.
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