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(Japanese, c. 1476–1559)
inscription by

calligraphy by Gesshū Jukei

(Japanese, 1470–1533)
Mounted: 104.7 x 48.9 cm (41 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view


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. Gesshū 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 or
during the rainy season the
mountain’s color is pale.

A friend visits, rowing his
boat while reciting a poem.

Tonight we’ll drink
together at the inn on the river.

Across, on the other side of the
river is a house with people
living in it, but there
is nothing to drink there.
  • Kyōto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan. Muromachi jidai no Kanō-ha: gadan seiha e no michi : tokubetsu tenrankai = The Kano school in the Muromachi period : special exhibition. [Kyoto]: Kyōto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan, 1998. 209
    Cunningham, Michael R., Shinʼichi Miyajima, and Yūji Yamashita. Ink Paintings and Ash-Glazed Ceramics: Medieval Calligraphy, Painting, and Ceramic Art from Japan and Korea. [Cleveland, Ohio]: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2000. 58
    Vilbar, Sinéad. “Acquisition Highlights 2016: Japanese Art.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine vol. 57, no. 2 (March/April 2017): 18-19. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 18.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III" (May 21- September 3 2017)
    Reeds and Geese: Japanese Art from the Collection of George Gund III. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 21-September 3, 2017).
  • {{cite web|title=Landscape|url=false|author=Kano Motonobu, Gesshū Jukei|year=mid-1500s|access-date=25 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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