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Monkey Seated on a Wisteria Branch

Accession Number
1986/1.166

Title
Monkey Seated on a Wisteria Branch

Artist(s)
Nagasawa Rosetsu

Object Creation Date
1770s - mid 1780s

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Dimensions
30 7/16 in. x 13 1/8 in. ( 77.3 cm x 33.3 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
Born and raised in the family of a low ranking samurai, Rosetsu was eccentric and violent. He was one of the best of Okyo's pupils and in many ways, one of his most remarkable followers, but was eventually expelled from his studio. Although considered shameful, this separation allowed Rosetsu to develop his own painting style. An extremely versatile artist, he was fluent in many different techniques and a variety of subject matter. The monkey in this work is chewing a wisteria blossom. The animal's witty expression demonstrates the artist's ability to capture a lively aspect of nature.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
figure painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
branches
flowers
monkeys
trees

5 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Landscape and Nature, Comparative and Historical
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Samurai
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)

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