Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush
'As intelligent and informative as the essays are, the true appeal is in the section called Catalog. In it are the 60 artworks that represent Rosetsu’s oeuvre in the exhibition. As hard as it is to visualize their size and the magnificent spectacle these pieces must achieve in situ, the reproductions are about as good as they could possibly be.' - New York Journal of Books
Born into the family of a low-ranking samurai, Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) is renowned today as one of the most imaginative artists of early modern Japan. His visually stunning and highly idiosyncratic paintings earned him a place in Japan's "Lineage of Eccentrics."
This companion book to an exhibition at the Museum Rietberg Zurich surveys Rosetsu's art with sixty of his most important paintings, beginning with his earliest works in the realist mode of his teacher Maruyama O-kyo, and ending with his haunting, visionary, and occasionally bizarre final masterpieces. Screen paintings, scrolls, and albums depicting Zen eccentrics, raucous children, ethereal beauties, otherworldly landscapes, and vivacious animals and birds take viewers on a journey through Rosetsu's own travels and into his unbridled imagination.
- Authors: Matthew McKelway and Khanh Trinh
- Hardcover: 246 pages | 79 colour illustrations
- Date published: October 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3791357263
- Product Dimensions: 29.0 x 24.8 cm