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National Treasure "Landscapes of the Four Seasons"

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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: Sesshu
  • Historical era: Muromachi (15th century)
  • Material: Printed on washi
  • Medium: One scroll
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Single scroll 39.7 x 1592.0 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Mohri Museum
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Mohri Museum
  • Material: Ink and wash on paper

DESCRIPTION

Sesshu (1420 to 1506) is said to have moved to the ancient capital when he was 10, where he entered Shoukokuji Temple and began studying under the great priest, Shurin Shuto and temple painter, Shubun. This ink and wash painting was supposedly presented to the Ouchi family, Sesshu's lifetime guardian. It is considered Sesshu's greatest work of art. The scroll, more than 15 meters long, draws upon his travels through China's vast nature land and various parts of Japan. Sesshu sought to reflect the beauty inherent in the nature of Japan by rendering the pavilions, pagodas, and people using Chinese strokes, and embracing that with a background of changing seasons using Japanese strokes.

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