The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures


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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An absolutely brilliant winter landscape by Edo period artist Sumie Buzen (1734-1806) dominated by impossible crags and radical trees, a single pagoda the only evidence of man in the artists mad world. Ice glimmers white on the limbs of scattered brush across the barren winter scene of tumbling cliffs, the white roofs of the tower cupped in a hand like jumble of stone. However all serves as backstage props for the twisted tree clinging precariously to the edge of the precipice at bottom right. Performed in heavy outline, the painting is a quintessential example of Kano landscape art. The scroll measures 22-1/2 by 75 inches (57 x 190 cm). Originally a sailor from the merchant city of Osaka, Buzen took up sculpting, then painting, studying the later under Kano school master Tsukioka Settei (1709-1786). In landscapes he was later heavily influenced by the work of Ike-no-Taiga, however painted in a wide range of styles, clinging to no certain school. A free style artist (jiyu gakka) from long before the term was coined.