Past Exhibitions

The Beauty of Medieval Landscape Painting
February 23, 2016 - March 21, 2016

Landscape painting flourished in medieval Japan, influenced by the landscape painting of Song (960-1279) Yuan (1271-1368)-dynasty China. The genre reached its pinnacle during the Muromachi Period (1336-1573). Works range from small, hanging illustrated poetry scrolls, produced in great number by groups of Chinese poetry aficionados in the 15th century, to enormous works on folding screens or covering the sliding doors of rooms, and these myriad landscapes were part of the fabric of daily life. Exhibited here are some outstanding examples of the genre. Notice the incredible range of styles, from the rough brushwork that nonetheless produces realistic atmospheric effects in Sesshū's View of Ama-no-hashidate, to the elegant embodiment of refined Kyoto aesthetics in Shōkei's View of a Lake and Mountains, to the moist and mysterious atmosphere conjured up by Sōami's Moonlit Night Landscape.

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