mid- to late 1500s
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(Japanese, active mid- to late 1500s)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Image: 165.7 x 59.7 cm (65 1/4 x 23 1/2 in.); Mounted: 153.5 x 50.3 cm (60 7/16 x 19 13/16 in.); with knobs: 153.5 x 55.1 cm (60 7/16 x 21 11/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.13.3
Now comprising three scrolls, this composition was originally a set of four paintings depicting the seasons. The set is among the most important of the artist’s surviving works. Each painting was executed in the gyō mode, indicating a speedy brush with rounded strokes. The terms shin (formal), sō (cursive), and gyō (semicursive), borrowed from calligraphy terminology, are terms commonly used by connoisseurs to describe brushwork in ink paintings.
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