Ama-no-Hashidate ink painting by Sesshū Tōyō

"Ama-no-Hashidate" by Sesshū Tōyō

Ama-no-Hashidate is one of the three most beautiful views in Japan. Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506) drew a lot of Chinese scenery, but after returning from China, he traveled around Japan and left the pictures of the scenery. A work in which Amanohashidate is drawn from the east side. The time of production is considered to be between 1501 and 1506 since  there are both the two-storied pagoda of Chionji Temple and the buildings of Seijoji Temples on the screen. Therefore, it can be seen that he, who was already over 80 years old, actually went to the site and made this picture.

He used rough brushstrokes of dark ink, as well as calm and soft, and quick momentum. The wide spread, solid stable, and the splendor of free depiction are unique to Sesshu. This is a masterpiece of Sesshu that has been painting for a lifetime with the aim of integrating the worlds of Zen and painting.

Title: Ama-no-Hashidate

Author: Sesshū Tōyō

Year: 1501-1506

Size: 90.2×169.5 cm

Own: Kyoto National Museum

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