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Asian Art
Artist: Yosa Buson, Japanese, 1716–1783

Spring Mountain, Passing Rain

ca. 1775

Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

without mounting: 42 1/8 × 18 in. (107 × 45.7 cm)
with mounting: 70 11/16 × 23 15/16 in. (179.5 × 60.8 cm)
with rollers: 26 3/8 in. (67 cm)
Purchased with funds from The Japan Foundation Endowment of the Council on East Asian Studies and the Katharine Ordway Fund
Edo period (1615–1868)

Marui Kenzaburo, Osaka, until February 22, 2001 (the date that appears on the release paper that was signed by the director of the Kyoto National Museum proving that the work is not a nationally designated work of art; it is the first of the four on the list.); Leighton R. Longhi, New York; purchased in 2006 by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Tanaka Ichimatsu et al., ed., Nihon bujitsu kaiga zenshu (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1977), pl. 66.

Tsutomu Ogata and Johei Sadaki, eds., Buson zenshu: kaiga lboku (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1992), 218, fig. 291.

Johei Sasaki and Masako Sasaki, “Buson: sono futatsu no tabi,” Asahi Shinbunsha (2001).

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 160, 379, pl. 143.

Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 42.

Sadako Ohki, “What Makes Japanese Painting Japanese,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 70–71, 80, fig. 3.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.