Sketch for a Painting of Mi Fu Inscribing a Poem on a Rock
Kano artist After Kano Tan'yū (Japanese, 1602–1674)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll mounted as a panel; ink and color on paper
Image: 33 1/8 x 16 1/4 in. (84.1 x 41.3 cm) Overall with mounting: 36 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (92.7 x 47.9 cm) Framed: 37 3/4 x 19 7/8 in. (95.9 x 50.5 cm)
Gift of John and Lili Bussel, 1996
Not on view
In this large vertical composition, Tan'yū depicted the famous Northern Song calligrapher Mi Fu (1051–1107) writing a poem on a rock surface at a celebrated literati party known as the Elegant Gathering at the Western Garden. This panel also bears Tan'yū's title, mention of his age (sixty-five), and a painted seal reading Seimei.
Most of Tan'yū's shukuzu lack the fully realized signatures seen on this panel and its companion. These drawings may have been made not as shukuzu but rather as preliminary drawings for paintings.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Ho'in Tanyu Gyonen rodujugosai hitsu (Painted by Ho'in Tanyu at the mature age of sixty five), as well as his gourd shaped seal are copied faithfully.
Inscribed: date, Horeki 10 (1760) and the owner of the paintings.
John and Lili Bussel , New York (until 1996; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.