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Spring Landscape

Kano Tan'yu , (Japanese, 1602-1674)
Edo period

Ink and tint on silk
H: 0.0 W: 53.7 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1892.28

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A Japanese landscape of rolling hills and blossoming cherry trees suggests the mountainous scenery of Yoshino, a district near Nara famous for its spring scenery. Among Kano Tanyu's numerous paintings are many that reflect his interest in the traditional styles and subjects of Japanese painting (yamato-e). His signature on this painting includes his age of seventy-one years (seventy by Western custom), and his honorific title, hoin (seal of the [Buddhist] Law), which was conferred on him ten years earlier, in 1662.