Clear Evening on a Willow Bank

Artist: Yosa Buson 与謝θ•ͺ村 (1716-1783)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1764
Ink and color on silk
H x W: 166.5 x 371 cm (65 9/16 x 146 1/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase β€” Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Screen (six-panel)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), fishing, Japan, landscape, man, night, scholar, willow tree
Provenance research underway.

The painter Yosa Buson was among the important artists of mid-eighteenth-century Japan who brought to maturity the style of Nanga-school painting, which was influenced by Chinese painting of the late Ming and Qing dynasties.  Especially noteworthy is Buson's ability to portray changing aspects of nature. In this screen and it's pair F1961.5, he evokes contrasting images of similar natural settings.  A tranquil mood prevails in Clear Evening on a Willow Bank; whereas, the other screen shows willows and grasses swept by brisk winds in a heavy, humid atmosphere. The effect of translucent color is enhanced by the luminous support of satin-weave silk, a material used by some Japanese painters, who adopted the practice of painting on satin from their Chinese contemporaries.

Published References
  • Zaigai Nihon no Shiho [Japanese Art: Selections from Western Collections]. 10 vols., Tokyo, 1979 - 1980. vol. 6: pp. 128-129, pls. 21-24.
  • Zaigai hiho [(Japanese Paintings in Western Collections]. 3 vols., Tokyo. vol. 1: pt. II, p. 114 (Shobyo-ga, Rimpa, bunjin-ga), vol. 1 pt. II, pl. 87.
  • Genshoku Nihon no Bijutsu [A Kaleidoscope of Japanese Art]. 30 vols., Tokyo, 1966-1980. vol. 27: pl. 104.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 56, vol. 2: p. 170.
  • Kyoto bijutsu. no. 10, 1907. p. 17.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 135.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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