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Kano Motonobu (Japanese, c. 1476-1559), calligraphy by Gesshu Jukei (Japanese, 1470-1533)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Mounted: 104.7 x 48.9 cm (41 3/16 x 19 1/4 in.). Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.518
The large red tripod-shaped seal on this painting is that of Kano Motonobu, head of the Kano school atelier in Kyoto that served the shogun. Gesshu Jukei, a longtime resident of the Zen temple Kenninji in Kyoto, inscribed the poem. The two are known to have worked together on at least one other occasion. The poem describes an intimate meeting of dear friends, a suitable theme for a work that was likely given as a gift to an esteemed associate, perhaps weary of the politics of life in the capital.In either fine weather orduring the rainy season themountainâ€™s color is pale.A friend visits, rowing hisboat while reciting a poem.Tonight weâ€™ll drinktogether at the inn on the river.Across, on the other side of theriver is a house with peopleliving in it, but thereis nothing to drink there.
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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