Rooster, Hen and Chicks, Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese, 1754–1799), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

長沢蘆筆・皆川淇園賛 白鶏図
Rooster, Hen and Chicks

Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese, 1754–1799)
Minagawa Kien (Japanese, 1734–1807)
Edo period (1615–1868)
late 1780s
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 49 1/8 x 10 3/4 in. (124.8 x 27.3 cm)
Overall with mounting: 81 1/4 x 11 7/8 in. (206.4 x 30.2 cm)
Overall with knobs: 81 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (206.4 x 35.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The rooster, representative of the patriarchal head of the family—per the Confucian ideal—was a popular subject in Chinese and Japanese painting of the premodern era. Here, the birds are silhouetted in negative white against a background of gray ink wash. Together with Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) and Soga Shōhaku (1730–1781), Rosetsu was known as one of the “Three Eccentrics” (san kijin) of eighteenth-century Kyoto. He studied with Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795), founder of Kyoto’s Maruyama school.
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Animals, Birds, Insects, and Marine Life in Japanese Art," June 26, 2008–November 30, 2008.