Praises and Prayers—Selections from the Hara Rokuro Collection
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This two-part exhibition features works from the Hara Rokuro Collection centered on two themes: praises and prayers. The first part, Praises, is the celebration of life as represented in works by Mori Tetsuzan and Nagasawa Rosetsu, disciples of Maruyama Okyo, which appear together with a preparatory sketch made by Okyo for his masterpiece Landscape of Yodo River. Mori Tetsuzan’s A Hundred Cranes, a spectacular and powerfully composed work that features two popular symbols for long life in Japan: the crane and pine tree.
The second part, Prayers, is the pictorial evocation of hope as seen in works of the Chinese painter Shen Nanpin, a greatly influential figure in Japanese painting during the middle part of the Edo era. Symbols for longevity–the crane, pine tree, orchid and rose–are also featured in his uniquely composed paintings as auspicious symbols of longevity. Part 2 also includes Scene of mournful assembly at the death of Buddha, painted during the Momoyama period, a work that is literally composed around the act of prayer.