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The West Lake Images in Landscapes of Four Seasons Screens by Attributed to Shūbun (Nagoya Betsuin, Shinshū Ōtani-ha) <Articles>
Painting. Pictorial arts
Landscapes of Four Seasons (a pair of six-panel screens, ink and light color on paper, 152.0 x 343.0 cm each), introduced as a new discovery almost 20 years ago, is considered to date from the latter half of the 15th century, and is attributed to the Shūbun school, especially Shūbun's disciple, "Gakuō''.
A lake surrounded by mountains, islands, temples, and pavilions takes up the center of the composition and stretches across the two screens. The seasonal imagery plays out across the composition from right to left. The right screen presents plum trees, egrets, travelers and green willow trees near pavilions with figures. And the left screens shows bare-branched willow trees, geese and rain falling on snowy mountains and its own feature element of pavilion and figures. On the right pavilion terrace, Su Shih is shown, while in the left pavilion Lin Bu is shown in the study. Both Song dynasty poets are connected to the West Lake area, and the image sources for these screens can be found in their poems frequently quoted in Muromachi Period Gozan literature. In addition, famous Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi riding a horse is shown on the right screen. His poem of the West Lake with a pair of egrets was also popular in the Muromachi Period.
These screens clearly appear as "the West Lake". While they are very different from the images based on pictorial maps imported from China, they are intended as visualizations of the West Lake literary imagery enjoyed by the Gozan zen-monk literati circles.
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