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The path through Mount Utsu
深江蘆舟筆 宇津山図屏風  二曲一隻 紙本金地着色 江戸時代
Date: approx. 1720-1757
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Object Name: Two panel folding screen
Materials: Ink, colors and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 28 1/2 in x W. 74 in, H. 61.6 cm x W. 182.6 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Connoisseurs' Council with additional funding from Elizabeth and Allen Michels
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B86D3
On Display: No

Description

Label:

RINPA tradition

This representative example of Rinpa painting illustrates a scene from Tales of Ise, a tenthcentury Japanese anthology of stories and poems about a nobleman's romantic pursuits. In this episode the hero, usually identified as the poet Ariwara Narihira (825–880), is on a journey through the mountains. While on a road described as "overgrown with ivy vines and maples," he encounters a Buddhist monk travelling in the opposite direction. He asks the monk to deliver this poem to a woman he left behind in the capital:

Beside Mt. Utsu
In Suruga
I can see you
Neither waking
Nor, alas, even in my dreams.
(Translation by Helen McCullough)

The artist conveys the mystery of this brief encounter by isolating the nobleman between rounded hills, where he gazes back at the monk's retreating figure. On the hillside red ivy provides a hint of the season, fall. Signature elements of the Rinpa style seen here are the reduction of landscape to a few simple, abstract elements; emphasis on sensuous curving forms, defined in color rather than outline; and use of the technique known as tarashikomi, in which ink or pigment is pooled on an already wet surface.


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Exhibition History: "Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)
"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000
Label:

RINPA tradition

This representative example of Rinpa painting illustrates a scene from Tales of Ise, a tenthcentury Japanese anthology of stories and poems about a nobleman's romantic pursuits. In this episode the hero, usually identified as the poet Ariwara Narihira (825–880), is on a journey through the mountains. While on a road described as "overgrown with ivy vines and maples," he encounters a Buddhist monk travelling in the opposite direction. He asks the monk to deliver this poem to a woman he left behind in the capital:

Beside Mt. Utsu
In Suruga
I can see you
Neither waking
Nor, alas, even in my dreams.
(Translation by Helen McCullough)

The artist conveys the mystery of this brief encounter by isolating the nobleman between rounded hills, where he gazes back at the monk's retreating figure. On the hillside red ivy provides a hint of the season, fall. Signature elements of the Rinpa style seen here are the reduction of landscape to a few simple, abstract elements; emphasis on sensuous curving forms, defined in color rather than outline; and use of the technique known as tarashikomi, in which ink or pigment is pooled on an already wet surface.


Exhibition History: "Japanese Paintings from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Nikkei), Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya (3/2/1995-4/9/1995), Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo (4/20/1995-5/9/1995), Takashimaya Grand Hall, Kyoto (6/30/1995-7/11/1995), Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama (8/2/1995-9/17/1995)
"For the New Century: Japanese Treasures from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco", Japan Society, New York, 3/22/2000 - 7/9/2000