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Farming and Herding Buffalo in Summer

Farming and Herding Buffalo in Summer

mid- to late 1500s

Kanō Jōshin (Hideyori)

(Japanese, active c. 1540)

Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper

Mounted: 137.5 x 47.3 cm (54 1/8 x 18 5/8 in.)

Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.594

Description

Hideyori is most famous as the painter of a very early pair of genre screen paintings depicting people enjoying autumn foliage at a shrine-temple complex in Mount Takao near Kyoto. In this scene, people are hard at work farming their fields and herding water buffalo in summer. Such scenes were often associated with promoting the ideal of a prosperous realm, and also with the activities of the 12 months. Historical sources are divided on the biography of painter Kano Hideyori, but many scholars now believe he was the second son of Kano Motonobu, head of the Kyoto-based Kano family atelier.

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