Yogetsu (Japanese, active late 1400s to early 1500s)
hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Painting: 100.8 x 50.2 cm (39 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.); Mounted: 189.2 x 65.2 cm (74 7/16 x 25 5/8 in.). Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.491
Sugawara Michizane (845â€“903) was a Kyoto aristocrat who died in exile in Dazaifu in Japanâ€™s southern island of Kyushu, having been slandered at court. His vengeful spirit was later pacified by the construction of shrines in his name. His image was incorporated into the repertoire of Zen Buddhist figure painting, which included bodhisattvas, Daoist immortals, and other enlightened beings. Eminent monk Sakugen Shuryo (1501â€“1579) inscribed this work, which was painted by monk-painter Yogetsu of Kyushu, who traveled east to study either in Kyoto or Kamakura. The Chinese-style poem is an ode to Michizane in his guise as the deity Tenjin.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III" (May 21- September 3 2017)
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