"Maple Tree" by Hasegawa Tōhaku
The observer’s attention is first drawn to the huge maple tree. The thick trunks of the maple trees rise in a pulsating manner. Originally the length of this painting was much longer, over 2 meters. It would be a painting that released more energy.
The autumn wildflowers that fill the picture are also exciting. Under the golden clouds, indigo-colored water is also flowing. The thought of the impermanence of Buddhism fills the hearts of those who see the autumn grasses and flowing water.
“Maple Tree” is said to have been painted by Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610) at Shounji Temple. Afterward, the temple was destroyed by fire and the remaining part of the painting was handed over to Chishakuin Temple, which was built on the site of the temple.
Although the details of the lost picture are not known, it is believed that the theme of the painting may have been the four seasons. It must have been a grand and lyrical fresco.
Title: Maple Tree
Author: Hasegawa Tōhaku
Year: Later 16th century