Unknown artist, Japanese
In the style of Tōyo Sesshū
Landscape, 16th century or later
Ink and color on paper
146.1 x 77.5 cm (57 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches)
Bequest of John M. Crawford, Jr. 1989.110.94
Sesshu¯, a Japanese monk who studied Buddhism and ink painting in China, profoundly influenced that medium in Japan. His vigorous and articulate brushwork defined a new direction for Japanese ink painting style. This attributed landscape reflects the rough and suggestive brushwork that Sesshu¯ learned by studying the work of Mu Qi (d. ca. 1274) and other Southern Song Dynasty (1127—1279) painters. The mist-filled composition with its boldly inked rock and tree contours recalls earlier depictions of the lush southern Chinese landscape. Japanese experts rediscovered the landscape in RISD’s collection in 2002 before a major exhibition in Japan honoring Sesshu¯, to which this work was lent.