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"Dragon and Clouds / Soga Shohaku"

Dragon and CloudsDragon and Clouds

All photographs © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Reproduced with permission.
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 : Momoyama (17th Century)
  • Material : Printed on washi
  • Medium : Pair of six-fold screens
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Japanese Art Abroad
  • Size : Each screen measures 153.5 x 333.2 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Oita Prefectural Art Museum
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Material : Ink painting on washi paper

DESCRIPTION

Divided by a wave that stretches across both screens, a dragon calling forth the clouds and a tiger bringing the wind nervously face one another.
This masterpiece is one pair of six-folding screens collected by the great art collectors Ernest Fenollosa and William Bigelow. The two came to Japan in the Meiji Period and established a Japanese art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fenollosa collected the right screen, while Bigelow collected the left.
Hasegawa Tohaku was a painter active in the Momoyama Period. As the head of the "Hasegawa School," he is known to have aggressively challenged the group of painters affiliated with Kano Eitoku's "Kano School," which dominated the art world at the time.
This work is known to be painted by Tohaku in 1606, a few days before his death. This is assumed from the seal, which reads, "Five generations from Sesshu, Hasegawa Hogen Tohaku, 68 years old, brush of Hasegawa Tohaku." Nonetheless, we can feel his ageless spirit from the dynamic structure and the strong strokes across the large screens.

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