Birds and Flowering Plants
On View In:
Gallery 251
Artist:   Roshu_ Nagasawa  
Title:   Birds and Flowering Plants  
Date:   c. 1840  
Medium:   Ink and colors on silk  
Dimensions:   50 1/2 x 22 1/8 in. (128.27 x 56.2 cm) (image) 76 x 27 7/8 in. (193.04 x 70.8 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund and gift of funds from Mary Griggs Burke, The Squam Lake Foundation, and the Asian Art Council  
Location:   Gallery 251  

Artists of the Maruyama school combined Western realism with the indigenous penchant for decorative design to produce works of great naturalism and pleasing visual effect. Nagasawa Roshu_, pupil of the progenitor of the school and adopted son of one of its leading masters, was himself a master of this style. This set of paintings is an impressive example of his work and reveals both Roshu_'s debt to his teacher, O_kyo, and to his adoptive father, Rosetsu. The refined, precise approach clearly suggests Roshu_'s fidelity to O_kyo's fastidious style. Other elements reveal the unorthodox approach of Rosetsu. Rosetsu was fond of juxtaposing subjects of vastly different scale. Here, Roshu_ echoes this approach by pairing a tiny wagtail with the imposing peacock.

Name:   Nagasawa, Roshu_  
Role:   Painter  
Nationality:   Japanese  
Life Dates:   1767-1847  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature; Stamp LLC artist's signature LLC artist's signature and one artist's seal  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   magnolia with a variety of small birds in and flying around its limbs and base  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   95.70.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts