Buson is recognized in Japanese literary history as one of the country's greatest poets. He was also an accomplished painter who revolutionized the 18th-century "scholar-painting" school by introducing new subject matter and a more personalized brush style. Like most literati painters who were schooled in the Chinese classics, his early paintings invariably depicted historical subjects in a precise manner. By the 1770s, however, he developed a looser, more expressive brush manner distinctly his own. Although undated, the painting's exuberant style suggests that this snow scene dates from that time. One of the artist's seals reads: "flung ink gives life to brush lines."

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  • Title: Snow Landscape
  • Creator: Yosa Buson (Japanese, 1716-1783)
  • Date Created: c. 1770s
  • Physical Dimensions: Painting only: 174.6 x 67.3 cm (68 3/4 x 26 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1997.111
  • Medium: hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. A. Dean Perry
  • Collection: ASIAN - Hanging scroll
  • Accession Number: 1997.111

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