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The Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion (front); Geese among Reeds (back)

Golden six-paneled screen painted with blue mountains and whispy dark green trees, a red structure with figures at left.
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  • Golden six-paneled screen painted with blue mountains and whispy dark green trees, a red structure with figures at left.




Noguchi Shohin
Japanese, 1847-1917

About this artwork




The screen here shows the events of the Spring Purification Festival in A.D. 353. On that day, Wang Xizhi and a group of scholarly friends gathered at the Orchid Pavilion in Zhejiang province, China, for a day of poetry, music, and wine-drinking. As the men found pleasant spots on the banks of the stream, servants filled cups with rice wine, placed them on lotus leaves, and floated them downstream for the guests to pick up.

Noguchi Shohin was one of the leading women artists of her time. Born in Osaka, she began to study painting at the age of four, continuing under the tutelage of the Kyoto scholarly painter Hine Taizan. Shohin exhibited a prizewinning landscape in Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893, and was appointed official artist of the Imperial Household. This pair of screens was displayed at a memorial exhibition organized by the artist’s daughter in 1929.

On the reverse side of both screens, there are paintings by the same artist done on silver-leaf ground in a looser manner depicting geese and reeds, a theme related to the autumn season. The back and front images therefore create several juxtapositions: gold and silver, spring and autumn, and formal and informal painting styles.


On loan to David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art in Chicago for Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan


Arts of Asia


Noguchi Shohin


The Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion (front); Geese among Reeds (back)


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Pair of six-panel screens; ink, colors, and gold on silk (front); ink and silver on paper (back)


Each: 182.5 × 391 cm (71 7/8 × 153 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Roger L. Weston

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