Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Sun, moon, mountains and water

Boybu (wind wall) is a typical Japanese style of art, and many excellent specimens are known. Of them, the Jitsugetsu Sansui-zu Byobu ("Sun, moon, mountains and water") is my favorite.

It depicts the sun, moon, and mountains, with the water expressed as waves surrounding and permeating everything. The waves are drawn in an abstract and conceptualized style, and yet are so alive, vibrating, as if representing the urge for life itself.

The wind wall is in the Kongoji temple in Kawachinagano.

On the 5th of May and 3rd of Novermber each year, the "Sun, moon, mountains and water" wind wall is made open to the public. From time to time, this marvelous painting from the Muromachi period is displayed in art museums.

So far, I have had two opportunities to admire this breathtakingly marvelous piece of art. Standing in front of it, you feel that your life is reinvigorated.

The Wind wall painting "Sun, moon, mountains and water" (Jitsugetsu Sansui-zu Byobu)

1 comment:

Utako said...

The accent is so effective on the restrained pale coloring.

I imagine the space divided by this Byobu. Moreover it's variable by positioning and the way of folding.

It might not have urbanized in Muromachi period as nowadays. Nevertheless, would people bring the universe into the residence? People who sung and depicted nature actively at that time must have been quite excellent in interacting with nature, and invigorating themselves.

I feel we have many to learn from their spirit. The conceptualized patterns on this Byobu might indicate their energy.