Six-panel Folding Screen of Farm Scenes of the Four Seasons (Fall and Winter)

Tosa School

Edo period (1615-1868), About 1750

Scenes of various activities during the four seasons were very popular during the Edo period (1615 -1868). The idyllic imagined life of the farmer is the subject of this screen. The various activities of the countryside in fall and winter are divided between the panels. The location of a matching screen showing spring and summer is now unknown. The hard work of harvesting and threshing the rice fields is broken up with leisure activities such as drinking sake, dancing, hunting, and fishing.

  • Titles Six-panel Folding Screen of Farm Scenes of the Four Seasons (Fall and Winter) (Descriptive)
  • Artist Tosa School, Japan
  • Medium ink and color on gold paper
  • Dimensions 53 × 132 in. (134.6 × 335.3 cm) each outer panel: 53 3/4 × 22 1/4 in. (136.5 × 56.5 cm) each inner panel: 53 3/4 × 21 3/8 in. (136.5 × 54.3 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett Bretz, 1978.176
  • Work Type folding screen
  • Classification Furniture