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Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

Celebrating the Legacy of Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen Ryuki) and the Art of Ōbaku

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BEAN VINE by Itō Jakuchū

BEAN VINE by Itō Jakuchū

Bean Vine, mid-18th century Itō Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716–1800) Inscribed by Musen Jōzen 無染淨善, 1693–1764 Japan, Edo period (1615–1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 125.7 x 47.9 cm; 192.1 x 61.6 cm (mounted) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen...

CHINESE TEMPLE LANDSCAPE by Itō Jakuchū

CHINESE TEMPLE LANDSCAPE by Itō Jakuchū

Chinese Temple Landscape, 18th century Itō Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716–1800) Later inscription by Goto Shoin 後藤松陰 (1797-1864) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 101.6 x 28.4 cm The Manyo’an Collection of Japanese Art, the Gitter-Yelin Foundation,...

CLOUDS by Wuxin Xingjue (Jp. Mushin Shōkaku)

CLOUDS by Wuxin Xingjue (Jp. Mushin Shōkaku)

Clouds Wuxin Xingjue 無心性覚 (Jp. Mushin Shōkaku, 1613- 1671) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Temple signboard, lacquer and gold on wood 27.8 cm x 54.5 cm, 40 cm x 66.5 cm (outer frame) Collection of Harald Conrad 雲邊木馬飛如電 海底泥牛吼似雷 A wooden horse flashes through the clouds,...

DRAGON by Gettan Dōchō

DRAGON by Gettan Dōchō

Dragon Gettan Dōchō月潭道澄 (1635-1713) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 115 x 26.3 cm; 194 x 28 cm (mounted) Collection of Stuart Katz 龍一聲聴得春雷震大悲甘霖滴萬方 The dragon’s roar brings spring lightning and shakes the universe. Then the rain of mercy...

FIGURE OF AN ARHAT by Shōun Genkei

FIGURE OF AN ARHAT by Shōun Genkei

Arhat, late 17th century Shōun Genkei 松雲元慶 (1648-1710) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Lacquered wood with traces of gilding One of a set of five hundred, from the Tokyo temple Gohyaku Rakanji, 92.7 x 78.7 x 71.1 cm Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase...

FLOWERS AND PLANTS OF THE FOUR SEASONS by Kakutei

FLOWERS AND PLANTS OF THE FOUR SEASONS by Kakutei

Flowers and Plants of the Four Seasons, 1774 Kakutei 鶴亭 (1722–1785) Japan, Edo period, 1615–1868 Pair of six-panel folding screens, ink on paper 171.1 x 61.6 cm (painting, each panel) Saint Louis Art Museum, The Langenberg Endowment Fund and Museum Shop Fund,...

HANDSCROLL WITH SIX POEMS PRAISING PLANTS by Duli Xingyi (Jp. Dokuryū Shōeki)

HANDSCROLL WITH SIX POEMS PRAISING PLANTS by Duli Xingyi (Jp. Dokuryū Shōeki)

Handscroll with six poems praising plants Duli Xingyi 独立性易 (Jp. Dokuryū Shōeki, 1596-1672) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Handscroll, ink on paper 29.5 cm x 539.5 cm Collection of Harald Conrad 題五色牡丹圖 光風獨佔滿堂春 夭矯輕拈五色塵 寫生筆底何振振 丹青地潑花間茵 枝交葉接華無限 歡如三之潛溪新 玉樓春早迎曦晨 紅若珠葉笑勻勻...

HAVE A CUP OF TEA AND TAKE A REST by Tetsugyū Dōki

HAVE A CUP OF TEA AND TAKE A REST by Tetsugyū Dōki

Have a cup of tea and take a rest Tetsugyū Dōki 鉄牛道機 (1628-1700) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 131 cm x 31 cm, 212 cm x 33 cm (mounted) Collection of Harald Conrad 喫茶珍重歇 Have a cup of tea and take a rest —trans. Harald Conrad [button...

HUMILITY by Monchū Jōfuku

HUMILITY by Monchū Jōfuku

Humility Monchū Jōfuku聞中浄復 (1739-1829) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll; ink on paper 118 x 27.8 cm; 186 x 35 cm (mounted) Collection of Stuart Katz 勞⽽不伐有功⽽不德厚之⾄也 (司?)處僧聞中寫 Don’t be prideful of your accomplishments. Even if they are significant...

KANNON ON A LOTUS PETAL by Shōzan Gen’yō

KANNON ON A LOTUS PETAL by Shōzan Gen’yō

Kannon on a Lotus Petal Shōzan Gen’yō 照山元瑶 (1634-1727) Inscriptions by Yinyuan Longqi 隱元隆琦 (Jp. Ingen Ryūki, 1592-1673) and Muan Xingtao 木菴性瑫 (Jp. Mokuan Shōtō, 1611-1684), 1672 Japan, Edo period, 1615-1868 Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper 42 × 59.5 cm, 135.6 ×...

MY HEART IS LIKE THE AUTUMN MOON by Baisaō

MY HEART IS LIKE THE AUTUMN MOON by Baisaō

Chinese poem by Hanshan, “My heart is like the autumn moon,” 1760 Baisaō 売茶翁 (1675-1763) Japan, Edo period (1615–1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 28.5 x 50 cm; 114.5 x 64 cm (mounted) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection, Gift of Mary...

NARCISSUS by Gaoquan Xingdun (Jp. Kōsen Shōton)

NARCISSUS by Gaoquan Xingdun (Jp. Kōsen Shōton)

Narcissus Gaoquan Xingdun 高泉性潡 (Jp. Kōsen Shōton, 1633-1695) Japan, Edo Period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 28.5 x 30.2 cm; 113.3 x 1.3 cm (mounted) Collection of Stuart Katz Not even half a speck of worldly dust can stain it; Amidst the water it is able...

OBAKUSAN TEMPLE IN UJI by Kawase Hasui

OBAKUSAN TEMPLE IN UJI by Kawase Hasui

Ōbakusan Temple in Uji, 20th century Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883–1957) Japan, 20th century Watercolors on paper 55.4 × 41.0 cm Art Institute of Chicago, Bruce Goff Archive, gift of Shin'enkan, Inc., 1990.607.350 Photo Credit: The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource,...

ORCHID by Tesshin Dōhan

ORCHID by Tesshin Dōhan

Orchid Tesshin Dōhan 鉄心道胖 (1641-1710, painter) and Yueshan Daozong 悦山道宗 (Jp. Essan or Etsuzan Dōshū, 1629-1709, calligrapher) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 28.3 cm x 77.6 cm, 120 cm x 79.3 cm (mounted) Collection of Harald Conrad 蘭 質非同衆卉...

PLUM by Muan Xingtao (Jp. Mokuan Shōtō)

PLUM by Muan Xingtao (Jp. Mokuan Shōtō)

Plum Muan Xingtao 木菴性瑫 (Jp. Mokuan Shōtō, 1611-1684) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 33.2 cm x 61 cm, 133.5 cm x 76.3 cm (mounted) Collection of Harald Conrad 梅 不是一番寒徹骨、爭得梅花撲鼻香 Plum - If it were not for a turn of bone-piercing cold, How...

PURIFICATION AT THE ORCHID PAVILION BY FAN YI WITH INSCRIPTIONS by Yueshan Daozong (Jp. Etsuzan Dōshū)

Purification at the Orchid Pavilion, 1671

Detail 1: Guests composing poetry and drinking rice wine from cups floating down the stream. Detail 2: Wang Xizhi王羲之 (303 AD– 361 AD), China's most esteemed calligrapher, with friends and child attendants, in a pavilion watching the movement of geese in the water,...

SPARROW ON A BLOSSOMING PLUM TREE by Kanō Tan’yū

SPARROW ON A BLOSSOMING PLUM TREE by Kanō Tan’yū

Sparrow on a blossoming plum tree, 1661 Kanō Tan’yū 狩野 探幽 (1602-1674) Inscribed and dated by Muan Xingtao 木菴性瑫 (Jp. Mokuan Shōtō, 1611-1684) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Ink on paper 32.7 × 56.2 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Purchased through The...

SPRING COLORS by Quanta Xingan (Jp. Sengai Shōan)

SPRING COLORS by Quanta Xingan (Jp. Sengai Shōan)

Spring Colors Quanta Xingan 千呆性侒 (Jp. Sengai Shōan, 1636-1705) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 63.7 cm x 29.2 cm, 67.8 cm x 121 cm (mounted) Collection of Harald Conrad 紫宸宮裡話禪機 看彼靈雲更不疑 空手牽牛天外去 無邊春色燦龍鬚 The Buddhist wisdom was transmitted in...

SPRING MOUNTAINS by Nanyuan Xingpai (Jp. Nangen Shōha)

SPRING MOUNTAINS by Nanyuan Xingpai (Jp. Nangen Shōha)

Spring Mountains Nanyuan Xingpai 南源性派 (Jp. Nangen Shōha, 1631- 1692) Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Hanging scroll, ink on paper 28.2 cm x 60.5 cm, 114.5 cm x 63 cm (mounted) Collection of Harald Conrad 青帝令下已再三 春山染出色如藍 亭前縱目歸雲暮 雙鶴飛來作晚參 Following the decree of the Great...