In this lesson, students will compare similarities and differences that exist within species, such as individual examples of the same kind of plants.
Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese, 1754-1799)
Fusuma panel mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and slight color on paper, Overall: 211.4 x 94 cm (83 1/4 x 37 in.); Painted surface: 167.6 x 91.5 cm (66 x 36 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1970.71.2
Rosetsu is regarded as one of the most versatile painters of 18th-century Japan. He studied in Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital, and enjoyed a successful career as an independent artist rather than as a more conservative "school" artist. Originally, these four paintings were mounted on the wall panels (fusuma) used to define room spaces in traditional Japanese interior settings. The light wood panels slide along grooves, allowing interior spaces to change with minimal effort. The round circular areas in the paintings' paper surfaces, each surrounded by a dark halo of embedded dirt and finger oils indicate the location of the door "catches."
CMA 1971: "Year in Review 1970," CMA Bulletin XVIII (February, 1971), no. 127, p. 69, reproduced p. 61.Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 236); December 24, 2013 - July 21, 2014.
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