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11. Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) & Narita Sôkyû (1761-1842)
Ushi - Cow
Signed: Rosetsu sekijô (at a painting party) and Sôkyû
Seals: Gyô
Technique: sumi on paper, 105.6 x 28.6
Mounting: dark green damask
178 x 41
Condition: fine

春の水わたるところこのかゞみ山 (春の水渡るところやかゞみ山)
Haru no mizu wataru tokoro ya Kagamiyama.
The place to cross spring water: at Kagamiyama (Mirror Mountain).

Little is known about Rosetsu’s life and most of it is uncertain because he didn’t become old enough to have other people confirm any of the (juicy) stories. Rosetsu was an important painter, an eccentric with a highly individual style, which in some cases turned completely uninhibited at the end of his life.

Originally he was a student of Õkyo, but was expelled from his school due to insubordination to his teacher. Rosetsu started his own studio in 1781, after which Õkyo still supported him and recommended him to possible patrons. And on a number of commissions the two still collaborated. Rosetsu also studied Zenga under Dokushû Reitai (17..-1798), a pupil of Hakuin.

Museum Rietberg 2018
Miho 2011
Shiba 2000
Nihon no Bijitsu 8-219
Rosenfield '99 B.60

Sôkyû was as haiku poet. He came from samurai family and excelled in horse riding. After he moved to Kyoto he succeeded Bashôdô II at the Sorin-ji. With Tagawa Hôro (1762-1845) en Sakurai Baishitsu (1769-1852) Sôkyû is considered as one of the three great poets of the Tenpo era.