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Spring and Autumn Landscapes

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Kusunoki Keishu, Spring and Autumn Landscapes, 1955, pair of six-panel screens; ink and color on paper, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, © artist or other rights holder, 2009.87A,B

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Title

Spring and Autumn Landscapes

Artist

Kusunoki Keishu (Japanese, 1892-1956)

Date

1955

Medium

pair of six-panel screens; ink and color on paper

Dimensions (H x W x D)

overall: 68 in x 141 in; each panel: 68 in x 23 1/2 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

folding screen

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles

Accession Number

2009.87A,B

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

autumn

color

folding screens

ink

landscapes

paintings

paper

spring

Description

Kusunoki Keishū saw himself as a modern-day heir to the tradition of Chinese literati painting, in which personal expression of the cultivated mind is the highest goal for an artist and a gentleman. In these lyrical spring and autumn landscapes, he creates an intensely personal vision of nature with frenzied brushwork and a unique palette of purples, pinks, yellows, and greens. Tiny houses dot the topography and two fishermen ply the waters in the spring landscape, but otherwise humans have made little imprint on the surging energy of Keishū's forests and mountains.

These are the only known screen paintings by Keishū.

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