Ingenious Matabei: The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa

MOA Museum of Art

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Iwasa Matabei (aka Katsumochi, 1578-1650) was an influential figure in Japanese painting. People loved his characteristic depiction of figures with roundish elongated faces, and his style that combined Japanese and Chinese drawing methods became very popular.
Matabei created several storytelling scrolls, of which The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa is considered to be the most vibrant and powerful piece, with a high degree of his involvement. The story features a legendary samurai warrior, Yoshitsune, and his mother Tokiwa, who meets a tragic fate. Comprising 12 scrolls, the story unfolds over 150 m of elegant illustrations. The entire series is on display at the exhibition, showcasing the artist’s alluring talent.



from August 31, 2019 to September 24, 2019


Matabe Iwasa



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