The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of art titled “Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection.” The exhibition is on view through February 10, 2019.
Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, and supplemented by two loans, “Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection,” showcases a selection of nine folding screens, two scroll paintings, and examples of lacquerware. The exhibition explores the aesthetics of Japanese art within both private and public interiors.
“‘Paths of Gold’ features screens dating from the 16th through the 19th centuries, at the end of which Japan opened to European and American trade. The earliest example is a set from the Hasegawa school of the late Momoyama period (1573–1615) that was adapted from sliding doors appropriate to a temple or the home of a noble. Economic changes in the Edo period (1615-1868) brought more merchants into the art market, and broadening tastes prompted new art schools with a proliferation of styles. Screens of famous places or flora of Japan from the 17th and early 18th centuries could be ordered by a wealthy merchant or samurai for the scenes of landmarks, and a noble or a merchant with poetic proclivities for the seasonal flowers. Politics also played an important role in painting themes, as samurai were encouraged to have Chinese-style paintings — many with Confucian themes — on display in their homes; the shogunal government of the Edo period (1615–1868) was organized on Confucian principles, promoting its study among the samurai,” writes SBMA.
The highlight of the exhibition are the screens from the16th through the 19th centuries. A lavishly decorated 17th century set of three handscrolls, attributed to Tosa Mitsuoki and illustrating “The Tale of Bunshō” finds special mention in this exhibition.
The exhibition is on view through February 10, 2019, at at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, 1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition.