Picturing Bashō’s Narrow Road to the Deep North: A Newly Discovered Handscroll by Yosa Buson
June 14–July 18, 2022
Heisei Chishinkan Wing (Collection Galleries), Gallery 1F-2
*The museum will be opened on Monday July 18, 2022.
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
*Evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays have been cancelled.
The eighteenth-century artist Yosa Buson (1716–1783) revered the poet Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) and produced many paintings based on his famous travel diary Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no hosomichi), a work of prose and haiku poetry. Among Buson’s homages to Bashō were several versions of illustrated handscrolls that combined the fully transcribed text of Bashō’s work with paintings of various scenes. Until recently, only four examples of these scrolls have been known to survive.
This exhibition introduces a newly discovered fifth version of Buson’s illustrated Narrow Road to the Deep North. This long-lost scroll is the earliest of the five versions and served as the starting point for his later compositions. 320 years after the original publication of Bashō’s masterpiece, this exhibition debuts the newfound scroll alongside related works from the museum’s collection.
Narrow Road to the Deep North (Oku no hosomichi)
By Yosa Buson