Height: 272.000 mm
Length: 6465.000 mm
Asia JA JP ADD589 (1979.4-9.01)
Gessen, Landscapes with Figures, a handscroll painting
Mid-Edo period, late 18th - early 19th century AD
This scroll contains a series of landscapes, each accompanied by Chinese verses. In the section illustrated two figures approach a group of trees, with a low pavilion beyond; two boats are visible on the waters of a lake beneath the mountains. The landscape is painted in soft washes of black ink and red ochre, giving the scene an air of quiet serenity.
(1741-1809) entered the Buddhist priesthood at the age of ten, and
while resident in Kyoto was instructed in painting by both Maruyama
ōkyo (1733-95) and Yosa Buson (1716-83), two of the leading
painters of the day. He also studied earlier Chinese paintings, and
came to specialize in the
Each section of the scroll bears a pair of seals reading, variously, 'Jakushō, Gessen', 'Gessen, Genzui', and 'Gessen, Shōzan'.
I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan-1, vol. 2 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1992)