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6. Yosa Buson (1716-1783)
Selling fish at a water pavillon
Signed: Sha Shunsei
Seals: Sha Chôkô in, Sanka Koji
Technique: colours on silk, 34.4 x 32.9
Mounting: pink gold brocade and brown damask
127 x 55.7
Box: double box autorized in 1961 by Yamanaka Ranga (1883 - 1975)
Condition: fine

Yamanaka Ranga (1883-1975) was an art researcherwho became famous for his studies of Edo-era literary artists such as Ike Taiga and Urakami Gyokudo, as well as Tomioka Tessai.

This subject seemed to be either popular by customers or it was one of Busons favorites, He even executed them in various formats.
Compare: Buson Zenshû vol. 6 1998 # 432 (screen 1781)
Buson Zenshû vol. 6 1998 # 331
Buson Zenshû vol. 6 1998 # 56
Tokyo 1919-04-03 # 153 (same as Buson vol. 6 1998 # 331)
Suntory museum 2015, #144, p. 179 (same as Buson vol. 6 1998 # 331)

Buson was a painter as well as a haiku poet and equally proficient in both disciplines. Together with Taiga (1723-1776) he is known as one the establishers of Nanga painting and the bunjin movement; as a haiku poet he is considered the true successor of Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694) and along with Bashō and Kobayashi Issa (1763–1828), he is regarded among the greatest poets of the Edo Period.
Apart from his landscapes, he is notable for the empathy and social-mindedness of his paintings of human figures.

Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-chō, Miyakojima Ward in Osaka city).
Around the age of 20, Buson moved to Edo accompanying Hayano Hajin (Yahantei) (1676–1742), a haiku student of Enomoto Kikaku (1661–1707) who had studied with Bashô. After Hajin died, Buson moved to Ibaraki prefecture and in 1743 travelled to northern Honshū following in the footsteps of Bashō on “The Narrow Road to the Interior”, Oku no Hosomichi. After his retrurn at the age of 36 (1751) Buson returned to Kyoto to study paintings and became strongly influenced by Sakaki Hyakusen (1698-1752). Six years later he definately settled down in Kyoto and married three years later. In 1772 Go Shun (1752-1811) and Ki Baitei (1734-1810) moved in as uchi deshi (resident student). The last decade he suffered severe illness problems. At the end of his life both Go Shun and Baitei returned to help him and his family.

Buson Zenshû vol. 6
Itsuo 2003
Miho 2008
Miho 2015
French ‘74