Pheasants Under Cherry and Willow Trees and Irises and Mist

Attributed to Kano Ryokei (died 1645)
Japan, Kyoto Prefecture, Nishihonganji
Edo period, first half 17th century
Pair of six-panel folding screens, Ink and color on gold leaf on paper
Each 63 x 143 1/4 in. (160.0 x 363.9 cm); 1979.217.1-2

Artist Comments

Ken Chu
1853 Commodore Mathew Perry forces Japan to open for trade with the West
1876 A typical Japanese home is built for Japan for the Centennial Exhibition held in Philadelphia
Claude Monet (1840-1920), La Japonaise
1876-77 James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Harmony In Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room
1885 Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado opens in London
1925 Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), wins one of the newly established Guggenheim Fellowships. He is detained in an internment camp for seven months after a voluntary visit. Colleagues and associates include:
Rockefeller Center Martha Graham
George Balanchine Igor Stravinsky
William Butler Yeats Ezra Pound
Alfred Stieglitz Peggy Guggenheim
1942 Executive Order 9066 clears the way for the mass evacuation from the West Coast and internment of all people of Japanese descent
1976 Executive Order 9066 is rescinded
1997 Takashi Murakami (1962- ), The Kings Sect of Two Dimension