Cornstalk and Grasshopper

Strikingly simple rendering of a cornstalk and grasshopper combines a dramatic, close-up composition with expressive and definitive brushwork. Contained in original wooden box with lid and paper label. Box contained in additional wooden storage box with sliding closure and paper label.

Maker(s)
Artist: Nishiyama Hōen 西山芳園 (1804-1867)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 120.7 x 31.1 cm (47 1/2 x 12 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase from the Estate of Robert O. Muller with funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Harold P. Stern Memorial Fund
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2004.31
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), insect, Japan, kakemono, plant, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Strikingly simple rendering of a cornstalk and grasshopper combines a dramatic, close-up composition with expressive and definitive brushwork. Contained in original wooden box with lid and paper label. Box contained in additional wooden storage box with sliding closure and paper label.

Inscription(s)

Inscription on box: Tomorokoshi shochu: a view of corn and small insect. Authentication by pupil, Hakuo, Hoen sensei shinseki: True brush of teacher Hoen. Box signed Hakuo-Haru, and sealed To sei no in.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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