Resshi Flying on a Cloud
(Japanese, ca. 1513–1575)
Muromachi period (1392–1573)
Fan mounted as hanging scroll; ink on paper
8 1/4 x 20 1/2 in. (21 x 52 cm)
Charles Stewart Smith Collection, Gift of Mrs. Charles Stewart Smith, Charles Stewart Smith Jr., and Howard Caswell Smith, in memory of Charles Stewart Smith, 1914
Not on view
Resshi (Chinese: Liezi), the legendary Daoist sage, rejected all worldly ties and flew away with the wind. Here, he disappears from the eyes of onlookers into the darkened sky. Modal albums and series of fan paintings were a common means by which Kano-school painters displayed and transmitted their knowledge of Song- and Yuan dynasty Chinese painting styles. The faint jar-shaped seal in the left-hand corner matches one identified as that of Kano Yukinobu.