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Scenes from Essays in Idleness


late 1700s–early 1800s

Matsumura Goshun 松村呉春

(Japanese, 1752–1811)
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Matsumura Goshun inscribed passages from Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenkō’s (1283–1350) well-known collection of anecdotes, Essays in Idleness, across the top of each of the twelve panels of this pair of screens. Goshun illustrated the episodes with his vision of the figures who feature in them. The texts cascade down from right to left, forming unique compositional relationships with the images below.
Scenes from Essays in Idleness

Scenes from Essays in Idleness

late 1700s–early 1800s

Matsumura Goshun

(Japanese, 1752–1811)
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)


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