Cherry blossoms and the full moon, the summer moon over willow trees and humid night air, autumn moon seen through a close-up of grape vines, and the clear winter moon shining on an old snow-laden plum tree. Shunsô's perceptive observation of nature shines through in each of these clear presentations of the seasonal characteristics of the moon. The fuzzy edge between moon and sky is the môrôtai method previously studied by the painter, while he turned to tarashikomi ink puddling in his rendition of grape leaves. The cherry blossoms reveal a blending of shell white with inky black, while the sky has been brushed a pale blue to avoid any boredom in the blank sky. These works filled with still calm were painting about a year before Shunsô's death, when his eyes had been weakened by illness.


  • Title: The Moon in the Four Seasons
  • Creator Lifespan: 1874 - 1911
  • Creator Nationality: Japan
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 20c
  • Location Created: Tokyo, Japan
  • 材質・技法(日本語): 絹本・墨画淡彩・軸(4幅対)
  • 作家名(日本語): 菱田春草
  • 作品名(日本語): 月四題
  • Physical Dimensions: w414 x h1068 mm (each)
  • Painter: Hishida Shunsō
  • Type: Nihonga (Modern Japanese Paintings)
  • Rights: Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan, © Yamatane Museum of Art, 2013
  • Medium: Ink and Light Color on Silk

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