early 1600s

follower of Sesshū Tōyō 雪舟等楊

(Japanese, 1420-1506)

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Painting: 143.7 x 72.5 cm (56 9/16 x 28 9/16 in.); Mounted: 250.8 x 90.1 cm (98 3/4 x 35 1/2 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.590


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This painting incited robust scholarly debate in both Japan and the United States about its date.


This painting belongs to a group of eight that were likely mounted as a pair of four-panel folding screens representing the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. The screens were the property of the Date family, who once ruled Sendai in northern Honshu, the main Japanese island. The paintings were separated after the Date family sold them. This one represents the theme of sunset glow over a fishing village, and is in the style of Chinese painter Li Tang (1050–1130).

Some scholars believe it is the work of Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506), one of the most famous Japanese painters, or by one of his disciples. Sesshū traveled to Ming dynasty China on a ship sent by the powerful Ōuchi family of Yamaguchi at the southern tip of Honshu. This gave him the distinction of being the only Japanese painter of the Muromachi period to have experienced Ming China firsthand.

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