Flowers and Birds in a Landscape

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Maker(s)
Artist: Genga (active early 16th century)
Historical period(s)
Muromachi period, ca. 1520
Medium
Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 145.5 x 314.4 cm (57 5/16 x 123 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1971.1-2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Screens (six-panel)

Keywords
bird, flower, Japan, landscape, Muromachi period (1333 - 1573), tree, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.

Label

This painting does not represent a specific place, but is an appreciation of nature and the seasons of spring and autumn. The artist has selected one season for each screen. Such balanced compositions representing two or four seasons were a common subject of Japanese painting, especially in the screen format.

Little is known about the artist, Genga, who is identified by a seal in the lower left and right corners of these screens. Known paintings by this artist are predominantly of flower-and-bird subjects, and they include both ink paintings and more brilliantly colored examples like these screens, which are the largest known pair by Genga. This pair of screens is an important example of large-format fully colored painting of the Muromachi period, which has become better known over the past two decades through the discovery in Japan of several fine examples.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum