Landscape with the praise of Bokushō Shūshō and Ryōan Keigo by Sesshū Tōyō
It is thought that the landscape painting was found in the drawing-room of the Sesshū Tōyō’s (1420-1506) house (Tenkaizugaro) in Yamaguchi after he died and the text of praise was written. The compliment is also a poem of memorial to the master of ink painting. Bokushō Shūshō was a person who was close to him, mourned his death. Ryōan Keigo also knew well the painter but wrote a poem reminiscent of what he had never met in his later years. He added the praise after Bokushō died.
The screen doesn’t have the momentum of the peak, but it shows Sesshū’s tragic attitude with the Sansui style painting to the next stage in his later years. It may be the last work left in the studio with Shūshō’s approval.
Title: Landscape with the praise of Bokushō Shūshō and Ryōan Keigo
Author: Sesshū Tōyō
Own: Privately owned