Art Talk: Painting Edo

April 29, 2020

Discover early modern Japanese painting with curator Rachel Saunders, who introduces us here to the largest exhibition ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums, Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collectionselected from the unparalleled collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg. 

This video is part of our Art Talks series in which curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students share short, informal videos that offer an up-close look at works from our collections.
  


Speaker:
Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art 

Works Explored:
Sōtatsu School, Flowers of the Four Seasons, Edo period, 17th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, 2017.225.1–2.

Kano Sanboku, Tribute Bearers to the Chinese Emperor, Edo period, late 17th–early 18th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.11.

Kano Sansetsu, A Visit to Li Ning’s Secluded Dwelling and Wang Ziyou Visiting Dai Andao, Edo period, mid-17th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL41799.12.

Horse Racing at Kamo Shrine, Edo period, early to mid-17th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL41729.18.

A Portuguese Trading Ship Arrives in Japan, Edo period, 17th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.55.

The Four Accomplishments, Edo period, early 18th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL41555.1.

Uragami Shunkin, Precipitous Rocks and Rushing Water, Edo period, 1843. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, 2018.352.

Ikeno Taiga, The Poet Su Shi and Meng Jia Loses His Hat, Edo period, 18th century. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.4.

Yamamoto Baiitsu, Arashiyama in Spring and Takao in Autumn, Edo period, 1832. Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.48.

Soga Shōhaku, Race at Uji River, Edo period, c. 1764. Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.30.

Sōtatsu School, Floating Fans, Edo period, 18th century. Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art, 1995.822.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Cranes, Edo period, c. 1820–25. Pair of two-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.33.

Katsukawa Shunkō II, Celebration at the Entrance of the New Yoshiwara, Edo period, early 19th century. Two-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42018.6.

 Tawaraya Sōri, Autumn Maple Trees, Edo period, second half 18th century. Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.39. 

Maruyama Ōkyo, Fish and Turtles, Edo period, c. 1772–81. Two-panel folding screen; ink and color on silk. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, 2018.356.

Suzuki Shuitsu, Taira no Tsunemasa Playing the Biwa at Tsukubusuma Shrine, Edo period, 19th century. Two-panel folding screen; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.35. 

Nagasawa Rosetsu, The Parrot King, Edo period, c. 1787–95. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.24. 

Sakai Hōitsu, Birds and Flowers of the Twelve Months, Edo period, c. 1820–28. Set of 12 hanging scrolls; ink, color, and gold on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.14.

Watanabe Gentai, Peach Blossom Spring, Edo period, 1792. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.46. 

Tani Bunchō, Grasses and Moon, Edo period, 1817. Hanging scroll; ink on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.38.

Ikeno Taiga, Bamboo on a Stormy Day, Edo period, after 1759. Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.6.

Uragami Gyokudō, A Thousand Mountains in Deep Verdure, Edo period, c. 1810. Hanging scroll; ink on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.44.

Tōensai Kanshi, Harvesting Bamboo Shoots in Winter, Edo period, c. mid-1760s. Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.40.

Ueda Kōchū, Chinese Roses and Sweetfish, Meiji era, 1897. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.41.

Uragami Gyokudō, Quiet Pleasure in the Mountains, Edo period, c. 1810. Hanging scroll; ink on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.43.

Maruyama Ōkyo, Peacock and Peonies, Edo period, 1768. Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.17.

Hishikawa Moronobu, Early Evening at a Yoshiwara Inn, Edo period, late 17th century. Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.2.

Ki Baitei, Lanting Pavilion, Edo period, 1805. Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.15.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Waves at Matsushima, Edo period, c. 1833–43. Three of a set of four sliding doors; ink, color, and gold on paper; enameled door pulls. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.15.

Soga Shōhaku, Landscape, Edo period, after 1764. Four sliding doors; ink and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.10.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Eight Fans of Seasonal Flowers and Plants, Edo period, c. 1828–58. Fan paintings; ink, color, silver, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.12.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Fans of the Twelve Months, Edo period, 1844–58. Fan paintings; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42096.9.

Suzuki Kiitsu, Mount Fuji and Mount Tsukuba, Edo period, c. 1835–43. Folding fan; ink, color, silver, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.34.

Nakamura Hōchū, Ukifune (from the Tale of Genji), Edo period, late 18th to early 19th century. Fan mounted as a hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL41932.4.

Mori Sosen, Deer Washing a Fawn, Edo period, before 1806. Folding fan; ink and color on paper. Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42