Through January 17, 2021
Miyagawa Choshun (Japanese, 1682–1752), Amusements at Cherry-Blossom Viewing Time, Kyōhō era (1716–1736) pair six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper, Harriet B. Bancroft Fund & Stoddard Acquisition Fund, 1993.72.1
The Japanese gallery will feature a rotation of a pair of six-panel folding screens by Miyagawa Chōshun (1682-1752), the preeminent ukiyo-e painter of the first half of the 18th century. The two, rare screens are marvels in execution. They feature cherry-blossom-viewing parties across two different scenes. One depicts elegantly-dressed men and women participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities around a teahouse, while the other shows boating parties along on the Sumida River, with the famous Ryogoku Bridge, the center of Edo's main amusement area. The meticulous details, from the eating utensils to the musical instruments; sumptuous kimono fabrics; subtle colors; delicate lines; and large, glittering gold clouds culminate in a soft, luxurious quality that Chōshun's work is revered for.