The purpose of this lesson is to consider the cultural and religious significance of Mount Fuji, a recurring theme in Japanese art.
Kubo Shunman (1757-1820)
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, Painting only: 90 x 30.8 cm (35 3/8 x 12 1/8 in.); Including mounting: 183.5 x 49.5 cm (72 3/16 x 19 7/16 in.). Kelvin Smith Fund 1995.18
Kubo Shunman dashed off this loose image of Mt. Fuji viewed in the distance from behind pine trees as a performance painting, or sekiga. He did it on the spot in the company of members of his poetry club. Six of them, including the club's founder Yadoya no Meshimori (Rokujuen, 1753â€“1830), added kyoka poems, 31-syllable poems like the classical Japanese waka poem in form, but with a heavy emphasis on humor. Shunman jotted down a poem as well, in the bottom right corner of the painting, before signing and sealing it. Each poem takes the painted image as its point of departure.
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