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.