unsigned; right of a pair of six-panel folding screens; many scenes on gold leaf: attendants with carriages at Land center among pine trees and clouds; interior scenes at top: male figure in red inside open walled room; court women at top center with pulled screens; trees; interior scene at R with court women in large robes admiring art on scrolls; group of robed men among blossoming cherry trees at UR

Spring and Summer [right of the pair Scenes from the Tale of Genji in the Four Seasons], mid 17th century

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This pair of screens depicts 11 scenes from The Tale of Genji. Rather than presenting the scenes in the order in which they appear in the story, however, the artist presents them in seasonal order from right to left, as Japanese viewers would read them. The artist begins with mid-spring in the upper right corner, where a group of young men play kemari (a game similar to hacky sack) in a grove of cherry trees in full bloom, a scene from chapter 34. Five additional scenes in the right screen take place in late spring and early summer. In the far right panels of the left screen, autumn grasses and maple leaves announce the arrival of fall. Wintry scenes from chapters 6 and 51 are depicted at far left, where trees and rooftops are blanketed in snow.

Details
Title
Spring and Summer [right of the pair Scenes from the Tale of Genji in the Four Seasons]
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.14.2
Provenance
John Yeon; Carlos A. Quiros
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unsigned; right of a pair of six-panel folding screens; many scenes on gold leaf: attendants with carriages at Land center among pine trees and clouds; interior scenes at top: male figure in red inside open walled room; court women at top center with pulled screens; trees; interior scene at R with court women in large robes admiring art on scrolls; group of robed men among blossoming cherry trees at UR