mid- to late 1500s
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(Japanese, active mid- to late 1500s)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Image: 63.9 x 35.7 cm (25 3/16 x 14 1/16 in.); Mounted: 154.2 x 49.5 cm (60 11/16 x 19 1/2 in.); with knobs: 154.2 x 54 cm (60 11/16 x 21 1/4 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.13.1
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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