Pine trees, water and clouds

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th century
Color and gold on paper
H x W: 174 x 73.2 cm (68 1/2 x 28 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, landscape, pine tree, water

To 1903
Yamanaka & Company, to 1903 [1]

From 1903 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the Yamanaka & Company sale, through Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), New York, NY, in 1903 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Screen List, L. 65, pg. 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, F1903.11, Curatorial Remark 1, in the object record, as well as the folder for F1903.10.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source) 1917-1965


Japanese painters often depict the verdant landscapes of their native land in rich, opaque colors. The paintings on the paper surfaces of these sliding-door panels once adorned a room in an elite residence, providing an illusion of a view toward a scenic landscape of a pine grove growing along a shoreline. For large-scale paintings like these, gold leaf depicts clouds, mist, and hills. In their original architectural settings, the gold created subtle, transient reflections.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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