Height: 605.000 mm
Width: 1820.000 mm
Maekawa Family Collection (box inscription)
Asia JA JP ADD723 (1982.10-12.01)
Maruyama ōkyo, Cracked ice, a 2-fold screen painting
Edo period, AD 1780s
A cool view for a summer tearoom
Low two-fold screens (furosaki byōbu) such as this were used in the Tea Ceremony as a backdrop to enhance the precious utensils placed on the tatami mats of the tearoom, and also to shield the hearth from draughts. The painting is a witty example of the incorporation of Western-style 'vanishing point' perspective into Japanese art. As with many Japanese paintings the viewer would be kneeling at the same floor level on which the screen was placed, and the ice would appear to stretch out in front of them.
(1733-95) was starting out on his career at a time when
The signature and the seal both read 'ōkyo'
I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan, vol. 1 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1992)
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)