mid- to late 1500s
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(Japanese, active mid- to late 1500s)
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Image: 64 x 36.1 cm (25 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.); with knobs: 152.8 x 54.9 cm (60 3/16 x 21 5/8 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1988.13.2
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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