Monkey Seated on a Wisteria BranchArtist(s)Nagasawa RosetsuObject Creation Date1770s - mid 1780sMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and color on silkDimensions
30 7/16 in. x 13 1/8 in. ( 77.3 cm x 33.3 cm )Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of ArtLabel 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 Typefigure paintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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