Playing the Koto in the Mountains

Artist: Uragami Gyokudō 浦上玉堂 (1745-1820)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, late 18th-early 19th century
Ink on paper panel
H x W (image): 127.1 × 51.4 cm (50 1/16 × 20 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, koto, mountain
Provenance research underway.

The artist Gyokudo was an accomplished performer of the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument that is played by plucking. Gyokudo was also an accomplished poet and painter. In his art he developed a highly expressive personal style in which the forms of a landscape were delineated through swift, repeated movements of the brush. The landscapes he created did not represent actual places, but many had themes that reflected his interest in music and poetry. During recent conservation treatment and remounting, this painting was discovered to have undergone extensive previous repair, including replacement of paper in much of the upper unpainted area and addition of a series of black dots that may have been intended to obscure the restoration work.

Published References
  • Miyake Kyunosuke. Gyokudo. 3 vols., . vol. 2: pl. 42.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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