Landscape painting depicting a dirt pathway with steps and a wooden railing cutting through the center of the composition leading to a house on a hill in the distance. On either side of the path are blooming trees bearing pink and white blossoms in a green meadow.
This work is indicative of the influence Japanese prints had on Dow’s work, and his subsequent emphasis on elements such as line, mass and color. In “Spring Landscape” Dow utilizes strong dynamic line, a high horizon line, flattened space, asymmetry, vibrant colors, and a simplification of form to represent a scene of nature at the height of spring.
A woodblock print depicting men and women in traditional japanese clothing crossing three red bridges in the central foreground that lead to a red temple in the central background. An island with trees is in the center of the scene. There are white clouds covering the horizon and surrounding the temple.
This 6-fold screen is a depiction of the Battle of Genji and Heike. In samurai armor, the Heike forces approach by ship from the left, while Genji forces rush to the shore on horseback and on foot—drawing the viewer’s attention to the center of the screens, where their confrontation will finally take place. The Heike forces can be identified by the red banners on their ships, while the Genji clan carries white banners.
The most renowned battle in Japan took place in the twelfth century over control of the Heian (794-1185) capitol of Kyoto. This legendary tale was spread by itinerant monks who sang of the drama while playing the biwa, a stringed instrument much like a lute, as they travelled Japan. The details of the struggles for power between the Heike (also known as Taira) and Genji (also known as Minamoto) clans were recorded in what came to be known as the Heike Monogatari (Tale of Heike) over the following centuries. Along with the Tale of Genji, the Heike Monogatari is one of the most famous stories in all of Japan.