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Life in the Mountains

Accession Number
1974/1.252

Title
Life in the Mountains

Artist(s)
Matsumura Goshun

Object Creation Date
1781

Medium & Support
one of a pair of 6- fold screens, ink and light color on silk

Dimensions
60 1/4 in x 136 1/4 in (153 cm x 346 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
Goshun was one of the founders of the Shijo school. Trained as a Nanga painter who took early Chinese paintings as models, he later followed the styles of Buson and Okyo, two of his contemporary masters. Goshun painted this pair of screens only a few months after he had moved to Ikeda while recovering from the shock caused by the deaths of his wife and his father. The screens took on new meaning to the artist when he abandoned life in the city for the countryside. The Michigan screens are the earliest known examples of screens on rural life by Goshun.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
screen

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Japan
Landscapes
mountains
passes
screen
trees
valleys
water

1 Related Resource

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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