The Stone Garden (Sekitei), 1959
Color woodblock print
18 x 23 inches (45.7 x 58.4 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of
Albert J. Caplan, 1959
The bold colors used in this print to represent the stone garden at Ryōanji Temple in Kyoto typify the works of Kawanishi. Thought to be one of Japan’s earliest rock gardens, the site is considered a historic landmark and counted among Japan’s most beautiful places. The scattered rocks in a bed of raked sand are often interpreted as a seascape of islands in the ocean. Here, Kawanishi uses embossing to express the texture of the sand.