Chinese Landscape

Chinese Landscape

1500s

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One of a pair of six-fold screens; ink and slight color on paper

Image: 155.5 x 357.8 cm (61 1/4 x 140 7/8 in.); Overall: 171.5 x 373.4 cm (67 1/2 x 147 in.); Closed: 171.5 x 63.5 x 11 cm (67 1/2 x 25 x 4 5/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 1964.279.2

Description

In a panorama of mountains and expanses of water, three gentlemen have assembled by moonlight to enjoy one another’s company away from a bustling village. An influx of ink paintings from China in both album and scroll formats beginning in the late 1200s inspired Japanese artists to create landscapes based upon Chinese prototypes. Later, Japanese painters adapted the imagery to the larger format of folding screens, which were used to define spaces in large rooms.

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