Black Robe, White Mist: Art of the Japanese Buddhist nun Rengetsu

Ōtagaki Rengetsu (or Lotus Moon 1791–1875) was one of very few successful female artists of 19th Century Japan.

Her tragic life inspired great creativity and this exhibition introduces us to not only her work as a poet and calligrapher but also her pottery and scroll-painting.

Largely drawn from international private collections, Black Robe, White Mist shows contemplative works of paper and clay inscribed with Rengetsu’s elegant poetry and unpretentious calligraphy.

Her work reflects the beauty of the imperfect and unconventional, and this is the first show outside Japan to focus solely on her art.


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