Nagasawa Rosetsu


Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) was a late Edo painter from the Yamashiro province (an old Japanese province, overlapping southern Kyoto). While he was born into the Uesugi family, he was later adopted into the Nagasawa family. He learned to paint under the great Japanese painter, Maruyama Okyo and would later leave to establish his own individualistic aesthetic. Often compared to Ito Jakuchu and Soga Shohaku, he is named as one of the "eccentrics" of the Edo period. Moreover, his sophisticated incorporation of Western realism and Zen motifs in his works has been praised by, both, Japanese and Western scholars alike.