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Landscape of the Four Seasons

Landscape of the Four Seasons

사계산수도 (四季山水圖)

early 1500s

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Yi Sumun

(Korean, b. c. 1404)

Pair of six-panel screens; ink and slight color on paper

Overall: 92.7 x 348.7 cm (36 1/2 x 137 5/16 in.); Painting only: 93 x 57.1 cm (36 5/8 x 22 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1976.92

Description

Yi Sumun is a Korean painter who moved to Japan in 1424 at the age of 20. Yi’s style likely represents the Yuanti school of royal court painting during the early Ming period. This pair of screens is the artist’s most important composition in this format and is smaller in scale than the average Japanese screen (byobu). Viewed from right to left, the screens show the passage of the four seasons, a popular theme in medieval Japanese ink painting.

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