Landscape of the Four Seasons  1560

by Sesson Shukei

Sesson Shukei was a Zen Buddhist monk and painter who achieved his idiosyncratic painterly style during an itinerant career in eastern Japan, seemingly without ever traveling to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural and political capital at the time. Sesson’s dream-like Chinese landscape expands before our eyes in understandable spatial depth, an effect that is enhanced by the folds of ...
156.5 × 337 cm
Six-panel screen (one of a pair); ink and light colors on paper
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago