• Artist: Shiokawa, Bunrin (1808 – 1877)
  • Title: Sunrise  c.1840
  • Media: sumi ink and color on paper
  • Dimension: 49 ½’ X 25 ½” (mounted)

Shiokawa Bunrin was born in Kyoto and was the son of a samurai. Little is known of his early career until the 1850s when he appears as an established artist working in the Imperial Palace. Bunrin was a major artist whose style had a great influence on the Kyoto style of painting in the early Meiji era (1868 – 1912).

  • Artist: Nagasawa, Rosetsu (1744-1799)
  • Title: Tiger, c. 1789
  • Media: sumi ink and color on paper
  • Dimension: 82 ½” X 23”  ( mounted )

The signature and seal of Tiger indicate that the scroll dates to the peak of Rosetsu’s career, when he worked on the screen paintings of the Imperial Palace (1789 – 1801). The depiction of the tiger reflects the distinctive humor of the artist. Rosetsu used his favorite Gyo (fish) seal on this painting. The missing top right corner of the seal is due to damage incurred during the Great Fire of the Tenmei era in 1788.

  • Artist: [Monk] Chuo-so-u (1760 – 1838)
  • Title: Jigoku, circa late 18th century
  • Media: sumi ink on paper
  • Dimension: 50 ½” X 19 ¾” (mounted)

In this work, the two characters, which possess a rhythmic beauty, mean “Hell.”

  • Artist: Matsumura, Keibun (1779 – 1843)
  • Title: Go Sekku  –  five seasonal festivals  (set of 5 scrolls) , c.1820
  • Media: sumi ink and color on paper
  • Dimension: 47” X 28” (mounted)

Go-Sekku (Five Still Lifes) is a set of five scrolls, each of which shows the artist’s remarkable use of ink to depict the seasonal changes of the natural world.