Height: 1119.000 mm
Width: 459.000 mm
Asia JA JP ADD626-7 (1980.7-28.05-06)
Maruyama ōshin, Cherry Trees at Arashi-yama, and Otoko-yama by Moonlight, a pair of hanging scroll paintings
Edo period, early 19th century AD
ōshin (1790-1838) specialized in quiet
compositions, which frequently featured a poem, as here. Paintings
with too individualistic a tone would not be appropriate for added
On the right-hand scroll pine and cherry trees lead deep into the picture, and a waterfall emerges at the base of the valley. Temple buildings can be seen among the trees, and birds fly high above. The poem may be translated:
paint Arashi-yama alike with Yoshino
smothered by cherry blossom,
waterfalls like white threads'
On the left-hand scroll there are again pine and cherry trees. They disappear into the mist at the base of the mountains. The tree silhouetted against the moon recalls the paintings of Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-99), one of ōkyo's pupils. The poem here reads:
shines over Otoko-yama,
Pervading the scene with its sharp brilliance'
The signature on both scrolls reads ‘ōshin', and the seals read the same.
I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan-2, vol. 3 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1993)