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: River Landscape with a Seated Figure in Foreground

River Landscape with a Seated Figure in Foreground

Album leaf
Historical period(s)
Yuan dynasty, 14th century
Ink on silk
28.9 x 28.8 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

Yoshimitsu (1358-1408), Ashikaga Collection [1]

To 1905
Bunkyo Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1905 [2]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkyo Matsuki in 1905 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]


[1] According to Curatorial Remark 9, A. Yonemura, exhibition label text, "Luminous Shadows," 1982: "The seal, "Tenzan" in the lower right-hand corner of this Chinese landscape painting identifies it as having once been in the collection of the third Ashikaga shogun, Yoshimitsu (1358-1408). The prestigious collection of Chinese paintings and works of art belonging to the Ashikaga shoguns was begun in the mid-14th century...The Ashikaga Collection was not, however, a fixed entity. Additions were made as newly imported works became available, and paintings were occasionally transferred to vassals who shared the shoguns' interest in Chinese art. The Gyomotsu, the treasures from the Ashikaga collection, were dispersed upon the fall of the Ashikaga shoguns during the 16th century, but retained their prestige as they passed into the possession of later collectors, including tea ceremony devotees of the 17th century."

[2] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 504, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] See note 2.

[4] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owners
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Bunkyo Matsuki
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Painting
China, farming, landscape, river, Yuan dynasty (1279 - 1368)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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