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Autumn Maples with Poem Slips  1675

by Tosa Mitsuoki

Japanese aristocrats engaged in the elegant custom of recollecting classical poetry while viewing spring and autumn foliage. In these delicate screens, premier court painter Tosa Mitsuoki meditated on the inevitable passage of beauty by depicting the melancholy hours after the departure of reveling courtiers. A cherry tree bursts into bloom on the right screen (seen here a...
144 × 286 cm
Six-panel screen (one of pair); Ink, colors, gold leaf, and gold powder on silk
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago