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Mice and Eggs
  • Nakajima Yūshō
    1837–1905
    born: Japan ; died: Japan ; active: Japan
  • Mice and Eggs, 1800s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink and colors on silk
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0208
Label Text
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Nature/Natural", 20-May-2011
A mouse is lying on the table after eating an egg as big as himself. The greedy mouse cannot move his ballon-like body. Another mouse pulls his tail to help him move, but the effort proves futile. This humorous scene, though natual in its depiction, is carefully constructed from the artist’s imagination.

Nakajima Yūshō was a son of Nakajima Raishō (1796-1871), who belonged to the Maruyama school of painting that thrived in Kyoto from the late 18th to early 19th century. Yūshō learned how to paint from his father. In this paiting, Yūshō realistically represents objects by sketching from life. At the same time, he embellishes them with his imagination, contributing to the humor of the scene. Fusing naturalism with humor, Yūshō softens and enlivens a painting that would otherwise achieve a photographic likeness.

Mobile App Exhibition Label:
"Nature/Natural", 20-May-2011
A mouse is lying on the table after eating an egg as big as himself. The greedy mouse cannot move his ballon-like body. Another mouse pulls his tail to help him move, but the effort proves futile. This humorous scene, though natual in its depiction, is carefully constructed from the artist’s imagination.

Nakajima Yusho was a son of Nakajima Raisho (1796-1871), who belonged to the Maruyama school of painting that thrived in Kyoto from the late 18th to early 19th century. Yusho learned how to paint from his father. In this paiting, Yusho realistically represents objects by sketching from life. At the same time, he embellishes them with his imagination, contributing to the humor of the scene. Fusing naturalism with humor, Yusho softens and enlivens a painting that would otherwise achieve a photographic likeness.


Exhibition Label:
"Nature/Natural," Jan-2014, Kris Ercums
A mouse is lying on the table after eating an egg as big as himself. The greedy mouse cannot move his ballon-like body. Another mouse pulls his tail to help him move, but the effort proves futile. This humorous scene, though natual in its depiction, is carefully constructed from the artist’s imagination.

Nakajima Yūshō was a son of Nakajima Raishō (1796-1871), who belonged to the Maruyama school of painting that thrived in Kyoto from the late 18th to early 19th century. Yūshō learned how to paint from his father. In this paiting, Yūshō realistically represents objects by sketching from life. At the same time, he embellishes them with his imagination, contributing to the humor of the scene. Fusing naturalism with humor, Yūshō softens and enlivens a painting that would otherwise achieve a photographic likeness.