Thatched Hut by Water's Edge

Thatched Hut by Water's Edge

c. 1500-1573

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Image: 43.8 x 29.2 cm (17 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.); Overall: 139.6 x 50.8 cm (54 15/16 x 20 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1997.125



Muromachi period (1392–1573) artists in Japan were keenly interested in Korean and Chinese culture. Paintings from the continent were avidly collected, studied, and copied for specific techniques and effects. Most painters, however, never had the opportunity to actually travel abroad. This painting presents a typical, idealized image of a Chinese scholar's retreat in the countryside. The misty background, however, brings a decidedly Japanese element to the composition. Japanese painters had long been interested in portraying the seasons and in suggesting the special atmosphere of a place.

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Japanese Art
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