Spring blossoms at ArashiyamaArtist(s)Kishi RenzanObject Creation Datecirca 1830-1859Medium & Supportink and color on paperDimensions
8 3/4 in. x 19 1/8 in. ( 22.3 cm x 48.5 cm )Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel copy
Originally a folk ritual to entertain the god of rice who descends from mountains every spring, cherry blossom viewing (hanami) had become by the early medieval period the favorite spring event in Japan. People of all social classes, from wealthy warlords to ordinary townsmen, set out for hours of picnicking and partying under billowing clouds of cherry blossoms in full bloom.
One of the famous places for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto was (and still is) Arashiyama, or “Storm Hill,” on the far bank of the Katsura River in the northwestern quarter of the city. The site was so well known as a tourist destination that Kishi Renzan, an artist of the popular Kishi studio in Kyoto, could evoke the scene with only a few brush strokes.
“Four Seasons In Japanese Art”: Special Installation of Japanese Gallery at UMMA: Object Labels
July 5, 2003-January 4, 2004Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typefan paintingAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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