Eggplant and CalligraphyArtist(s)Ōtagaki RengetsuObject Creation Date19th centuryMedium & Supportfan painting matted for framing, ink on paperDimensions
5 5/8 in x 18 9/16 in (14.3 cm x 47.2 cm);22 1/4 in x 28 5/8 in (56.52 cm x 72.71 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundSubject matter
Best known as a poet, but she was also a talented potter, inscribing her poems on her wares, which were generally tea bowls or teapots of unglazed clay. Painted in a charming and delicate way, somewhat in the Shijō manner.
Roberts, Laurance Page, and John M. Rosenfield. A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer. Weatherhill, 2000.Physical Description
Yo no naka ni A fine example
mi no nariidete of success to emulate
omou koto A lowely eggplant
nasu wa medetaki ripens and brings forth fruit
tameshi narikeri accomplishing its goal in lifePrimary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typefan paintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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