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National Treasure "Pine Trees"

Pine Trees (left)   Pine Trees (right)

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


  • Artist: Hasegawa Tohaku
  • Historical era: Azuchi-Momoyama (16th to 17th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi
  • Medium: Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Each screen 156.8 x 356.0 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Tokyo National Museum
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Tokyo National Museum
  • Material: Ink and wash on paper

DESCRIPTION

This work is said to have been completed by Tohaku when he was in his 50s. It is considered both his signature masterpiece, and a masterpiece among modern ink and wash paintings. Tohaku uses ink and wash painting to draw more than 20 pine trees, separated into four groups, in varying levels of visibility to illustrate the haziness. Damp air fills the void between the trees suggesting a time between late autumn to early spring. It is said that Tohaku painted this scenery from recollection of the pine trees in his birthplace in the Noto region.

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