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Important Cultural Property, "Landscapes"

Landscapes

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 century)
  • Material: Printed on washi, with isinglass
  • Medium: Four sliding doors out of 32
  • Theme: High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Each door 177.0 x 93.9 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Entokuin, a subtemple of Kodaiji Temple
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Entokuin, a subtemple of Kodaiji Temple
  • Material: Ink and wash painting on paper (ink and wash on isinglass printed doors)

DESCRIPTION

These four sliding doors are part of 32 that were transferred from their original location at Sangenin, of the Daitokuji monastery, to Entokuin, of the Kodaiji monastery. Hasegawa Tohaku is believed to have painted them when he was 51 (1589), the year the Sangenin was erected. Tohaku, who failed to receive permission to paint these doors from Shunoku Soen, founder of the Sangenin, visited the temple when the founder was absent and completed all paintings at once, disobeying the orders of those around him. This work is rare in that it is painted on paper pre-printed with Paulownia flower patterns in isinglass. The flower pattern can be viewed as large snowflakes, thus transforming an otherwise simple scene into a wintery scene of spectacular scale. It is the product of Tohaku as he is about to reach his prime, who later poses a threat to the Kano school.

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