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Landscape with Travellers on Bridge

Okumura Masanobu

Asian Art

This early woodblock print was printed in black, with color and metallic highlights added by hand. It is from an Eight Views series depicting sites in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture—formerly known as Omi—just east of Kyoto. This composition locates the “fishing village at sunset” motif in the town of Seta, which was famous for its very long bridge. The image is far quieter and more poetic than most prints designed by Okumura Masanobu, who was better known for his satirical depictions of urban life.
MEDIUM Woodblock print with hand-applied color and lacquer on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES ca. 1730–1735
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 13 3/8 x 6 5/16 in. (34 x 16 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Nihon gakō Okumura Masanobu shōhitsu
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1920, provenance not yet documented; before 1920, acquired by Hamilton Easter Field or Robert Laurent; April 9-10, 1920, purchased at Walpole Galleries, "Japanese Color Prints and a few Japanese and Chinese Paintings From the Portfolios of Hamilton Easter Field and Robert Laurent", lot 7, by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764). Landscape with Travellers on Bridge, ca. 1730–1735. Woodblock print with hand-applied color and lacquer on paper, 13 3/8 x 6 5/16 in. (34 x 16 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 20.932 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.932_PS20.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 20.932_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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    Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764). <em>Landscape with Travellers on Bridge</em>, ca. 1730–1735. Woodblock print with hand-applied color and lacquer on paper, 13 3/8 x 6 5/16 in. (34 x 16 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 20.932 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 20.932_PS20.jpg)