landscape; night scene; moon and stars, ULC; temple and trees at R; dark blues and black

Ishiyama Temple, December 1917

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According to tradition, in the 11th century Lady Murasaki began writing her famous novel, The Tale of Genji, while seated on a veranda at Ishiyama Temple, on the shore of Lake Biwa. The sight of the harvest moon rising over the lake inspired her. Thus, for most Japanese, Shinsui’s view of a full moon shining on an empty covered veranda at Ishiyama Temple evokes thoughts of the famous author composing her novel of courtly love.

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Details
Title
Ishiyama Temple
Artist Life
1898 - 1972
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.161.17.9
Provenance
Tobin
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landscape; night scene; moon and stars, ULC; temple and trees at R; dark blues and black