Yosa Buson (1716-1784) 18th century
Lot 428*
Yosa Buson (1716-1784) 18th century
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Yosa Buson (1716-1784)
18th century
Kakejiku, a pair of scrolls forming a diptych painted in ink and slight colour on paper, the right depicting three tiny portraits of the three poets Sojo Henjo, Kisen Hoshi and Otomo no Kuronushi, all seated in a diagonal formation and facing different directions, a poem by Ryuho above, the left with three humorous Daruma-doll like portraits of Murasaki Shikibu, in a Trinity formation, accompanied by Buson's poem above, both signed Yosa Buson sha with seal; accompanied by a certificate of authentication by Fujiwara no Ason Satomaro, dated 1915, with double wood storage boxes. 79cm x 23cm (31 1/8in x 9in). (5).


  • 六歌仙図 与謝蕪村筆 双幅 紙本淡彩 18世紀

    Hinaya Ryuho (1595-1669), a bunjin-ga artist, was famous for his rokkasen (Six poetry Immortals) paintings accompanied by the original poets' poems and his own poems. Buson here is emulating his predecessor's style in a dedicatory and eulogistic manner. He has deliberately chosen one of Ryuho's poem for his own painting, to show his respect.

    The thin washes of pale indigo and flesh tones, the rapid calligraphic outlines, the humorous touch, all are traits of Buson's style of portraiture or semi-portraiture, for no effort was made to explore seriously the appearance or character of the subjects depicted.

    Yosa Buson is a Nanga painter and also a poet. He is equally known for his poetry as for his painting. Born in Settsu, he went to Edo at the age of 22 and studied haiku under Hayano Hajin (1676-1742). After his death he settled in the small village of Yosa in 1754 until 1757, from which he took his name. During this period he probably became acquainted with Shen Nan-p'in (fl. mid-18th c.) and other Chinese paintings and was also influenced by Hanabusa Iccho (1652-1724). Then he became recognised as one of the leading Kyoto painters with Maruyama Okyo (1733-95). All his paintings have a literary content, representing the nanga ideal in the artist being both poet and painter.
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