The Tale of Genji

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Maker(s)
Artist: Tosa Mitsunori (1583-1638)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 17th century
School
Tosa School
Medium
Ink and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 24.7 x 20.3 cm (9 3/4 x 8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1932.27.1-30
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Type

Album

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), gafu, Japan, The Tale of Genji
Provenance

1932
Yamanaka and Company, New York 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York in 1932 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co.

Label

The Tale of Genji, a fifty-four chapter fictional work written in the early eleventh century by court lady Murasaki Shikibu, was a rich source for illustration. The Tale of Genji and other literary classics created in the imperial court of the Heian period (794-1185) figured prominently in the revival of courtly taste in early seventeenth-century Kyoto. Painters of the Tosa school, of which Mitsunori was a leading member specialized in subjects from classical Japanese literature and played a key role in that revival. Here Misunori's paintings in the fine linear style known as hakubyo are paired with poems written by various court calligraphers. This group of thirty pairs of paintings and calligraphy illustrating certain of the fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji are said to have been formerly mounted on a folding screen.

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 35, 36, pp. 162-163.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 117.
  • Doris Croissant. Sotatsu und der Sotatsu-Stil: Untersuchungen zu Repertoire, Ikonographie und Asthetik der Malerei des Tawaraya Sotatsu (um 1600-1640). Munchener ostasiatische Studien: Sonderreihe, Bd. 3 Wiesbaden. pl. 78.
  • Yoshiaki Shimizu. Genji: The World of a Prince. Exh. cat. Bloomington, July 14 - August 29, 1982. p. 43.
  • Murasaki Shikibu, Midori Sano, Estelle Leggeri-Bauer. Le dit du Genji (The Tale of Genji). 3 vols., Paris. .
  • Great Drawings of All Time. 4 vols., New York. pl. 917.
  • Miyeko Murase. Iconography of the Tale of Genji: Genji monogatari ekotoba. New York. see remarks.
  • Robert Treat Paine Alexander Coburn Soper. The Art and Architecture of Japan. Pelican History of Art Baltimore. pl. 97a.
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho (Japanese Art : Selections from Western Collections). 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. pl. 26.
  • Tomoko Emura. Tosa Mitsuyoshi. no. 543 Japan. pp. 1-30, sec. 22.
  • Nihon no Koten: Japanese Classics. Tokyo. fig. 126.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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