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A screen of the four seasons, mountains and water, or, Living live through the four seasons
1860. Handscroll. An elegant makimono-e painting in sumi ink and color wash on paper by 83-year-old artist Toshin. Handscrolls are meant to be viewed right to left in sections, traveling arms-length by arms-length through the continuous landscape. This painting takes the viewer through each of the four seasons in a mountainous landscape, dotted with buildings and tiny figures and crossed by roads and rivers. It opens with a green spring bustling with travelers. Summer is blown in with a driving hail storm before gentling into autumn, where a full moon glows overhead. The journey ends in winter with a pristine snowscape. Calligraphic text at the beginning and end of the scroll give the title, artist, and year, and explains that the scroll is "after a painting by Hojo Bokkei, copied by Kakusenro Sesson." A few of the seams in the paper are beginning to come unglued, otherwise this lovely painting is in near fine condition. Housed in a wooden box, chipped at one corner. Measures 10 3/4 in. tall by approx. 27 1/2 feet; 273x8407mm.
Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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