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Title

Rural landscape with horses and bulls

17th century


Artist

Kusumi MORIKAGE

Japan

circa 1620 - 1690


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

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; 169 x 364 cm; sheet

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

b - left screen - Mountain with temple and tower; 169 x 364 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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

246.1984.a-b


Artist information

Kusumi MORIKAGE

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.).