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Poster Project: Yosa Buson

A scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream within a mountainous scene.

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain by 18th-century Japanese painter and poet Yosa Buson, a wonderful scroll painting seen in our 2018 exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. In this painting, Buson acknowledges the traditional ideal of seclusion—a scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream. But what he celebrates is the pleasure of friendship. We see that tea is set in an adjacent room and the scholar’s friend has just arrived by boat to make his way up the steep path to the cottage. In this time when we are all experiencing seclusion, what do you appreciate about staying at home? How are you staying connected with friends? What reunions are you looking forward to? Buson is known as one of the greatest haiku poets of all time. Maybe your thoughts will take the form of a haiku?

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The Poster Project is supported by the PGE Foundation.