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An image of Rural landscape with horses and bulls by Kusumi MORIKAGE
Alternate image of Rural landscape with horses and bulls by Kusumi MORIKAGE Alternate image of Rural landscape with horses and bulls by Kusumi MORIKAGE

Kusumi MORIKAGE

(Japan circa 1620 – 1690)

Title
Rural landscape with horses and bulls
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
17th century
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pair of six-fold screens; ink and gold wash on paper
Dimensions

a - right screen - Herd of horses; 152 x 346.6 cm; image

a - right screen - Herd of horses; 1690 x 3640 cm; sheet

b - left screen - Mountain with temple and tower; 152 x 346.6 cm; image

b - left screen - Mountain with temple and tower; 1690 x 3640 cm; sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l.[left screen], in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Morikage hitsu [drawn by Morikage]" [& artist's seal]. Not dated. Signed l.r.[right screen], in Japanese, ink [inscribed] "Morikage hitsu [drawn by Morikage]" [& artist's seal]. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by Kenneth Myer 1984
Accession number
246.1984.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

This Arcadian landscape has horses and bulls as the main subject; humans and their activities seem to take a secondary role. The top screen is dominated by the freely roaming, gambolling horses. The season moves from spring on the right with the blossoming plum tree to a summery scene of a mare and her colt in a stream. The bottom screen shows bulls working or playing while the village lads frolic in the landscape. The season shifts from autumn, with farmers carrying harvest, to the snowy winter. Morikage was expelled from the Kano school later in his life and moved from Edo to Kaga (present-day Ishikawa) ruled by the Maeda clan.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.231.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Japanese Painting', pg. 53-69, Sydney, 1990, 59 (illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 231 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

The art of Japanese screen painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 2004–06 Feb 2005