The Tapestry of Literati Landscape: Okuhara Seiko’s Spring Colors on the Sumida River (1887)

The present pandemic has locked our bodies and minds in our homes. Under such circumstances, no topic in East Asian art proves more alluring than that of “roaming while reclining” (Ch. woyou; J. gayū), a concept formulated in early medieval China that came to underlie the production of landscape paintings throughout East Asia. This talk investigates how the Japanese female artist Okuhara Seiko (1837–1913) adapted this idea to reimagine the famed Sumida River in modernizing Tokyo. Juxtaposing a panoramic view of the river with a sensory poem, Seiko’s work weaves together mind and body, past and present, physical environment and imagined landscape—a tapestry whose threads were quickly unraveling in mid-Meiji Japan. Presented by Yurika Wakamatsu, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Occidental College.

This event is the 33rd presentation in the annual Michele and Peter Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art series at LACMA. This event will take place online via Zoom.


Dec 06 2020


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm