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Gallery Text

Inebriation was celebrated among literati as a means of transcending social and artistic boundaries. Gyokudō is often said to have painted while drunk, although it is unclear whether his intoxication was actual or metaphorical. The drunken persona reflects his commitment to the literati ideals of naturalness and amateurism reflected in this microcosmic landscape, which opens outward across an expanse of water into a range of faceted mountains in the distance, while a solitary traveler crosses a bridge in the foreground.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Uragami Gyokudō, Japanese (Bizen 1745 - 1820)
Old Trees in Lonely Springtime
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Rōju sho shun
Work Type
painting, hanging scroll
c. 1814
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
image only: 17.4 x 17.4 cm (6 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
with mount: 131.7 x 31.1 cm (51 7/8 x 12 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • seal: Takenouchi daijin no son
  • inscription: Roju Sho Shun - Gyokudō
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Uragami Gyokudo gafu (Paintings by Gyokudo in the Hara Collection) (Kurashiki, Japan, 1933), plate 28

Kodansha, Suiboku bijutsu taikei: Gyokudo and Mokubei (Tokyo, Japan, 1975), pl. 83

Nihon bijutsu kaiga zenshu : Uragami Gyokudo (Tokyo, Japan, 1978)

Prof. Stephen Addiss, The resonance of the qin in East Asian art, exh. cat., China House Gallery (New York, NY, 1999), #23, p. 102

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 84, cat. 31

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 59, fig. 46

Exhibition History

The Resonance of the Qin in East Asian Art, China Institute in America, New York, 09/17/1999 - 12/12/1999

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 05/21/2013 - 07/15/2013; Miho Museum, 07/20/2013 - 08/18/2013; Tottori Prefectural Museum, 10/05/2013 - 11/10/2013

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/18/2021

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