Puppies, Sparrows and Chrysanthemums

Nagasawa Rosetsuc. 1792–94

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Rosetsu is regarded as one of the most versatile painters of 18th-century Japan. He studied in Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital, and enjoyed a successful career as an independent artist rather than as a more conservative "school" artist. Originally, these four paintings were mounted on the wall panels (<em>fusuma</em>) used to define room spaces in traditional Japanese interior settings. The light wood panels slide along grooves, allowing interior spaces to change with minimal effort. The round circular areas in the paintings' paper surfaces, each surrounded by a dark halo of embedded dirt and finger oils indicate the location of the door "catches."

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  • Title: Puppies, Sparrows and Chrysanthemums
  • Creator: Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese, 1754-1799)
  • Date Created: c. 1792–94
  • Provenance: (Setsu Gatodo Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1970.71
  • Medium: fusuma panels remounted as hanging scrolls; ink and slight color on paper
  • Original Title: 子犬に雀、菊図
  • Inscriptions: Inscription: 平安・芦雪寫意; transliteration: Heian, Rosetsu sha'i; sealed: 魚; seal transliteration: Gyo
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 1970.71

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