(Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, New York); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art with funds provided by the Asian Art Society in 2011 (TR11253).
One can almost hear the water’s roar as it comes thundering down from on high. Now-darkened dots of silver highlight the spray of the water crashing off the rocks.
Gyokusen came from a long line of Mochizuki painters. In 1855, at age 21, he had already become the head of his family and had painted door panels for the imperial palace. By the end of the Edo period he was recognized as one of Kyoto’s top painters. He was a central figure in art education and won numerous awards in national painting exhibitions.