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Title

Spring and summer activities on the seashore

1688-1703


Artist

Unknown

Japan


About

A beautiful and classic evocation of the Japanese aesthetic, this screen portrays the softly contoured hills partially shrouded in clouds. In the top left a shinto shrine floats above the clouds, and in contrast the right section of the screen illustrates lowly saltmakers on the shore, the figures rendered with an endearing detail and not without humour. The semi-abstract quality of the deliberately asymmetrical composition and the sumptuous combination of greens and gold are characteristic of the native Japanese style of 'yamato-e' painting. This style, based on outline and flat colour, had its origins in the literary interests of the Heian period, when such themes as the four seasons and famous scenic places brought a fresh and distinctively Japanese inspiration to native imagery and creativity.


Details


Other Title

Mount Sumiyoshi (previous title)


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1688-1703


Media category

Painting


Materials used

single six-fold screen; ink, colour and gold on paper


Dimensions

151.0 x 348.8 cm image; 166.5 x 364.6 cm screen


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

584.1987


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

36


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 274 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 215 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Japanese Painting', pg. 53-69, Sydney, 1990, 56-57 (colour illus.).