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Gallery Text

Rosetsu, like his teacher Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795), painted an enormous range of subjects for a variety of patrons. In Sparrows Alighting on Wisteria, Rosetsu depicts 17 iterations of the same species of sparrow, varying the posture of each so that the painting might depict a flock or perhaps describes the exquisitely observed movements of a single bird coming in to land. The painting showcases his ability to meld observation of the natural world and painterly convention with characteristic panache.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
TL42147.23
People
Nagasawa Rosetsu, Japanese (1754 - 1799)
Title
Sparrows Alighting on Wisteria
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
Date
c. 1787–99
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/340531
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions
image only: 93.8 x 33 cm (36 15/16 x 13 in.)
with mount: 172.2 x 43.6 cm (67 13/16 x 17 3/16 in.)
display dimensions: 175.9 x 48.2 cm (69 1/4 x 19 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Rosetsu utsusu
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
TL42147.23
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 139, cat. 68

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 76, fig. 65

Exhibition History

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

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/31/2015

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

Subjects and Contexts

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