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Fireflies Among Reeds
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Fireflies Among Reeds

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Description Fireflies illuminate the surrounding reeds and flowing stream below. Bunrin's rendering of a humid atmosphere captures the serenity of a summer evening. Bunrin traced his artistic ancestry back to Maruyama Okyo (1733-95), famous for his efforts to create a Japanese counterpart to European realism. Bunrin also worked in the manner of Chinese literati painters. In this hanging scroll (and in "Bowl with Sparklers" [35.79]), painted toward the end of his life, there is a delight in atmospheric qualities, perhaps stimulated by recent exposure to the contrasting lights and darks of European paintings and prints.
Date Description Narrative
3/01/1998Examinationexamined for condition
6/27/2001Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription]; [Seal]
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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1870-1877 (Meiji)
ink and colors on silk mounted on paper and brocade
(Painting & Drawing)
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H of image: 45 3/16 × W: 15 5/16 in. (114.78 × 38.89 cm); H with border: 52 1/2 × 19 13/16 in. (133.35 × 50.32 cm); H with support: 76 1/4 × W: 19 13/16 in. (193.68 × 50.32 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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