Suzuki Kiitsu: Cranes, circa 1820–1825
Maruyama Ōkyo: Peacock and Peonies, 1768
Hishikawa Moronobu: Early Evening at a Yoshiwara Inn, late seventeenth century Art in Isolation: The Delicate Paintings of Edo Japan
“Painting Edo,” the ambitious jewel of an exhibition currently on view for no one at the Harvard Art Museum, is perhaps arguably experiencing its most historically authentic moment in the strangeness of ours. Because to fully understand the significance of the Edo Period in Japan, which lasted from around 1600 to 1868, is to place yourself in a country that flourished even as it was closed off to the rest of the world.