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Landscape after Buson

Kawaji Katei

Artwork Details

Landscape after Buson
early-mid 19th century
Kawaji Katei
ink on silk
69 ¼ in x 19 in (175.9 cm x 48.26 cm);37 ½ in x 13 in (95.25 cm x 33.02 cm);1 3/16 in x 21 in (3.02 cm x 53.34 cm)
Gift of Stephen Addiss in memory of Calvin French

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Subject Matter:

Yosa Buson "Nanga painter. Also a poet, is now as well known for his poetry as for his painting, but in his lifetime made his living as a painter. Born in Settsu, his father probably a rich farmer. At 22 went to Edo; studied haiku under Hayano Hajin. After Hajin's death in 1742, led a vagabond life until he settled in the small village of Yosa in 1754, where he stayed until 1757 and from which he took his name. During this period, probably became acquainted with the painting of Shen Nan-p'in and other original Chinese paintings; also influenced by Hanabusa Itchō. Then mostly in Kyōto, becoming a fully mature artist and recognized with Ōkyo as one of the two leading Kyōto painters. As a poet, ranks next to Bashō; produced many haiga, and all his paintings have a literary content. A sympathetic painter, representing the nanga ideal in being both poet and painter. With Taiga, brought nanga school to its full development. Above all, a good landscape painter. Less humorous than Taiga but yet gay and witty, frequently allowing touches of caricature to creep into his work."
Roberts, Laurance Page, and John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer. Weatherhill, 2000.

Physical Description:

An image of a landscape with rising cliffs and a waterfall in the background. A large tree grows outward from the right, near a building. Two people appear in the window of the building and a river runs towards the viewer in the foreground.

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