Rural landscape with horses and bulls
circa 1620 - 1690
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.
Place where the work was made
pair of six-panel screens (byobu); ink and gold wash on paper
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.
Purchased with funds provided by Kenneth Myer 1984
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The art of Japanese screen painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 2004–06 Feb 2005
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, 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.).