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Birds and flowers of the four seasons

Attributed to Sesshu

  • 「Birds and flowers of the four seasons」 Attributed to Sesshu
  • 「Birds and flowers of the four seasons」 Attributed to Sesshu

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

DATA
Artist:
Attributed to Sesshu
Historical era:
Muromachi (15th century)
Material:
printed on washi paper
Medium:
pair of six-fold screens
Size:
Each screen H151.0 × W351.8 cm
[Original]
Current owner:
Tokyo National Museum
Material:
ink, color on washi paper
DESCRIPTION

There are over ten versions of folding screens with birds and flowers of the four seasons that are praised widely as having been painted by Sesshû, including the Kosaka clan's version and Maeda ikutoku kai version that show a classic artistic style closest to the sprit of Sesshû. They are, however, different in the stroke of the brush and composition; it is assumed that many of them were actually created in the generation of Sesshû's disciples. This work places flowers, trees, birds, rocks etc. flatly in the front, and thus lacks sense of depth. Moreover, a large plum tree is placed in the center of the left screen, which is a characteristic not seen in the two versions above. These characteristics show a new trend eventually leading to the style of painting on Japanese screens in the Momoyama period, and indicate a beginning transformation of paintings of birds and flowers of the Sesshû school. -Cited from e-Museum

Exhibit information

Exhibit information

Exhibit dates:
September 4, 2021 to November 28, 2021
Place:
Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan
 
Four seasons Nogizaka46
URL:
https://nogizaka-fourseasons.jp/ (Japanese only)
Address:
110-8712
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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