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山野行旅図屏風
Travels through Mountains and Fields

Artist:
Yosa Buson (Japanese, 1716–1783)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1765
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image (each): 62 1/2 in. × 11 ft. 9 3/4 in. (158.8 × 360 cm) Overall (each): 63 7/8 in. × 11 ft. 11 1/16 in. (162.2 × 363.4 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.300.157.1, .2
Not on view
Despite the grand scale of the landscape, which is dominated by mountains, lakes, and wispy mist, the eye is nevertheless drawn to the figures. In the lower-right corner of the right screen, an old scholar and his servant make their way toward a small village, where a friend awaits their arrival. Leaving the village, they walk a path through rice fields and alongside willows and cross a bridge that takes them to the left screen. Although the season has changed, the viewer finds familiar faces, an old scholar walking on a path, and two others chatting in a thatched hut. Along with Ike Taiga (1723–1776), Yosa Buson is one of the most celebrated of Japan’s Nanga artists. Buson was both a renowned poet, especially of haiku, and a prolific painter.
Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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