Nagasawa Rosetsu ( Japanese, 1754 - 1799 )

after 1792
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General Description

The terse outlines and elliptical manipulation of space and design in Nagasawa Rosetsu's painting express the bluntness and directness of Zen painting. Only the forepart of the tiger and the upward twist of his tail appear in the painting—an abbreviation of reality.

The inscription on the painting was written by Keigan, a Confucian contemporary to Rosetsu. It is an eulogy for the painting: "The artist did not draw all of the tiger, but well represented its valor in its head and tail. The artist Nagasawa being in high spirit won fame in the capital Kyoto."

Adapted from

  • "Tiger," in_ Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection,_ ed. Bonnie Pitman (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2012), 90.
  • DMA unpublished material, 1972.