Matsumura Goshun | Letter
Given the rather casual writing style the addressee of this letter - a certain Mr. Kame - was one of Goshun's closer friends: "I was glad that Mr. Kichi came to see me yesterday. As today I am busy. The bush clovers in my garden are in bloom. – Tomorrow I will explain to you the genealogy of my family in greatest detail. – But beforehand will you come at noon tomorrow to view the cherry blossoms? – To Mr. Kame from Gekkei (Matsumura Goshun)"
Born into a wealthy family of government officials Matsumura Goshun was educated in classical history and literature, calligraphy and painting as well as writing poetry. His most prominent teacher was Yosa Buson (1716-1784) who taught Goshun Nanga painting and Haiku poetry.
Matsumura Goshun (1752-1811)
Ink on paper
17,3 x 24,4 cm (6 ¾ x 9 ½ in.)
Mounting 121 x 52.5 cm (47 ½ x 20 ½ in.)
Some creasing and foxing