Flying Bat with Full Moon and Autumn Grasses by Hoitsu

Japanese, 1761 - 1828
Edo Period, 19th century
Ink on paper
Museum purchase, funds provided by the Kathleen M. Axline Acquistion Endowment

The flight of the bat (koumori) under a full moon with autumn grasses captures the grandeur of the night sky and a suggestion of being alone and looking upwards. The bat is an auspicious symbol and symbolizes good fortune. Hoitsu was a prominent painter during the late 18th and early 19th century, noted for his technical brushwork and compositions. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1797 at the age of 37, the artist worked in seclusion, painting during the last two decades of his life.