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Full moon over pine covered mountain

18th century


Watanabe Shikō


1683 – 1755

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    18th century
    Media categories
    Screen , Painting
    Materials used
    single two-panel screen; ink, gold and silver on paper
    168.0 x 184.0 cm image; 172.5 x 188.4 cm screen
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated. [left screen]
    Signed l.r., in Japanese, ink "[artist's seal]". Not dated. [right screen]

    Purchased with funds provided by Kenneth Myer 1990
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Watanabe Shikō

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Nothing could be more telling of the unique Japanese aesthetic than the mysterious poetry of this screen, as abbreviated in its delivery as it is fulfilling in its effect. Watanabe Shikô belonged to the very Japanese Rinpa school of painting, named after Ogata Kôrin (1658-1716) with whom Shikô studied. The school's origins go back to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, when the artists Tawaraya Sôtatsu and Hon'ami Kôetsu sought to re-establish the brilliant style and unique sensitivity of the aristocratic art of Japan's 'golden age', the Heian period (794-1184). Hallmarks of the Rinpa school are a rich but refined decorative effect, achieved through an impeccable compositional balance; a fondness for metallic washes and inlays; and an emphasis on nature. Here the full autumn moon peers out from the mountain-side, and pine trees are defined by a few sparse but expressive black ink strokes.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 278.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications