Traditions Unbound: Ground Breaking Painters from Eighteenth-Century Kyoto

The exhibition Traditions Unbound focused on the work of eight innovative painters who broke new ground in Japanese art. Released from the repressive constraints of the shogunate in Edo and inspired by a new merchant market, they created sometimes radical work that expressed the new freedom enjoyed in the thriving 18th-century arts scene of Kyoto. The artists are Watanabe Shiko, Yosa Buson, Matsumura Gekkei (Goshun), Ike Taiga, Maruyama Okyo, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Soga Shohaku and Ito Jakuchu.

Traditions Unbound was a collaborative project of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan and the Kyoto National Museum. It was on view at the museum from Dec. 3, 2005 through Feb. 26, 2006.

 Additional information:

  • Authors: Matthew P. McKelway, Yoko Woodson, Moriya Katsuhisa, Higuchi Kazutaka, Kano Hiroyuki, Melissa M. Rinne
  • Size: 9" x 12"
  • Pages: 208
  • Hardcover
  • Publication: 2005