Green Waves

Green Waves


Tsuji Kako

Japanese, 1870 - 1931

A pivotal work by Tsuji Kako, this screen expresses a “pure, boundless state of mind like the ocean and waves,” in the artist’s words. Though decorative in appearance, the screen is meditative and immersive: with the horizon line high up in the picture, the expansive green waves draw in the viewer.
Ink and gold on silk
67 7/8 x 109 1/2 in. (172.4 x 278.1 cm)
Gift of Griffith and Patricia Way, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Reflections on Water: Japanese Modern Prints and Paintings, July 9, 2003 - Feb.15, 2004.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Luminous: The Art of Asia, Oct. 13, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, Feb. 8, 2020 - ongoing [on view Feb. 8, 2020 - July 11, 2021].
Published ReferencesShirahara, Yukiko. "Tsuji Kako and the Modern Spirit," in A Community of Collectors. Seattle, Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 175, reproduced fig. 149.

Michiyo, Morioka; Berry, Paul. "Modern Masters of Kyoto: The Transformation of Japanese Painting Traditions," Seattle, Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 1999; p. 151, reproduced fig. 33.

Kiley, Brendan. "Seattle Asian Art Museum is set to reopen – 3 years and $56 million later." Seattle Times, February 2, 2020: p. E4, reproduced. [A version of this article appears online on January 30, 2020 with the headline: "Step inside the reinvented Seattle Asian Art Museum, set to reopen after 3 years,"]

Foong, Ping, Xiaojin Wu, and Darielle Mason. "An Asian Art Museum Transformed." Orientations vol. 51, no. 3 (May/June 2020): pp. 52-53, reproduced fig. 11.

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