Sesson Shukei

A Zen Monk-Painter in Medieval Japan



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Three essays by leading scholars in the field of Japanese art explore Sesson’s unique existence and unconventional painting style, as well as how scholarly perceptions of the artist have changed over time. Fifty-three entries highlight major works by Sesson as well as those by other artists before, during, and after his time.

Sesson Shukei stands out as an anomaly in the history of Japanese art. Among the vast canon of Japanese ink painting, Sesson departed from convention. Inspired by the untamed landscape of the eastern regions of Japan, Sesson led a peripatetic existence caused by a lifetime of experiencing warfare and upheaval-yet he created some of the most visually striking images in the history of Japanese ink painting. This publication explores new ways of understanding and interpreting one of Japan’s greatest painters and the world that shaped him.

Additional information

Weight 1943 g
Dimensions 26.4 x 29.1 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 21 April 2022
Number of pages 260
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Shimao Arata
Dimensions 26.4 x 29.1 cm
Weight 1943 g


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Frank Feltens is the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler gallery, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art; Yukio Lippit is the Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History Art and Architecture at Harvard University.