momiji no ake wo
taking the crimson,
from the autumn leaves
Yosa Buson (与謝蕪村, 1716-1784) was, as well as being one of the most influential haiku poets of the Edo period, also a renowned painter. And Buson’s sense of color and imagery is often featured in his haiku.
In this work, I wanted to capture both the beauty of the poem as well as the color and imagery the poem evokes and felt acrylics to be the perfect medium. As the sun sets behind a mountain on a crisp autumn evening, the poet notices the beautiful autumn colors that had been so spectacular, were being taken away by the shadows.