Important Cultural PropertyLandscape of the Four Seasons

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  • Handscroll
  • Height: 21.5cm; Length: 1151.5cm
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • A甲358

This long scroll (over 10 meters in length) depicts landscapes through the four seasons. It is often called the “Short Scroll of Landscapes” in contrast with the so-called “Long Scroll of Landscapes” by Sesshu housed in the Mori Museum in Bofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The careful brush strokes and the strict composition reflect the influence of Xia Gui from the China's Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Some art historians think that this work was also painted by Sesshu, and as the brush strokes are milder than those in the Mori Museum scroll, it might have been painted in his later years.