Real and Imagined Places in Japanese Art

March 4, 2001 – October 21, 2001

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Galleries 6 & 7 Floor Plan

The 29 Japanese paintings, ceramics, and lacquer works in this exhibition present various views of real and imagined places. Real places such as the city of Edo and Mount Fuji in Japan and the Yangzi River in China are rendered in paintings. Idealized retreats far from urban centers appear in works by artists of the Nanga School, who sought to emulate the values of Chinese scholars. Imagined places in China and India that were seldom seen, but were described in the sacred texts of Buddhism, as well as scenes in Japanese legend and literature are also represented in works ranging in date from the 12th to the 19th century.