Shisendo (C-147)

From the Beautiful Gardens in Kyoto collection.


This image is valuable not from the point of view of art, but also because we are no longer allowed to enter this teahouse and unable to experience this view. Our first impression may be the dynamic composition and strong contrast between the rich reds and greens. Both shoji screens are almost same width and form a frame for the garden. One of them shows three vertical rows and the other two, so they are slightly asymmetrical. Due to the well arranged composition, we focus immediately on the garden outside and then come inside which is softly lit and warm. The brightness of susuki (Japanese pampas grass ) at the center of the image grabs our attention, but at the same time it is contained by the vivid red and green colors that surround it. The colors red and white, or kōhaku, are used for celebrations in Japan, and are associated with joy.

Dimensions N/A


L1 (14 x 11 in.), L2 (20 x 16 in.), L3 (24 x 20 in.), L4 (30 x 24 in.), L5 (40 x 32 in.), L6 (50 x 40 in.), L7 (60 x 48 in.)


None, UV

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