Sunday, December 2, 2007

Hasegawa Tohaku 長谷川とうはく

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This Tohaku work is a fusuma painting titled “Maple Tree.” Originally it was created for Shounji , a temple built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi for the salvation of his three-year-old son Tsurumatsu. Following the fall of Hideyoshi’s faction in 1615, the temple was destroyed and the surviving paintings were installed in the Shingon temple of Chishakuin, where they were cut down to fit the smaller dimensions of fusuma there. Considered masterworks of Tohaku’s blue-and gold style, a single maple tree is depicted over four panels with its leaves beginning to turn color. The branches reach downward in an un-naturalistic fashion, as tension is created between the massive trunk and the delicate leaves.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi!.. my name is lisa.
This fusuma has a remembrance to the style of Kano, in that it is completely decorative.
It has a new style to the period, it has flowers that stand out, they are made with chalk and glue.
There are two elements that have an interesting significance. Which are the cherry blossoms, which, as I suppose you know, stand for the climax of the moment, this is also reflected in the samurai ideology, in which a samurai is said to die in its peak of virility and beauty. These flowers fall from the tree in their most marvellous moment.
The other element is the willow tree, which has another interesting fact. When a branch is cut from a willow tree, this branch will grow into another tree if it is planted. This signifies the eternity and logevity, the idea that the life cycle renues itself.
Since this work was done for the little boy, its clear how the conection of the symbols are tied to the fact that Hideyoshi loved his son, and the way he saw this could be represented through the eternity and the climax of beauty.