Kingfisher and Bamboo
Formerly attributed to Sesshū Tōyō 雪舟等楊 Japanese
Not on view
Sesshū Tōyō was a highly celebrated medieval Japanese painter specializing in Chinese-style ink painting, and works in his style remained in high demand for centuries after his death at the beginning of the sixteenth century. This nineteenth-century forgery entered The Met's collection in 1914 along with nearly two hundred other Japanese and Chinese artworks from the collection of Charles Stewart Smith (1832–1909), a Trustee of the Museum. Smith was primarily a collector of European paintings but also acquired a large number of Japanese and Chinese works of art during the last two decades of his life, after he and his third wife honeymooned in Japan in 1892.
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