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During the Edo period (1615-1868) no Japanese artist exceeded Shohaku in the ability to endow scenes of nature with an energy that seemed on the verge of exploding from the painting's two-dimensional surface.
The scene is an unusually powerful rendition of a standard Chinese subject: a scholar journeying to seek the company of kindred spirits in their mountain retreat. Here, a lone figure on a donkey crosses a bridge at the base of a waterfall. He is followed at a distance by a servant who travels on foot, carrying his master's lute.
Tiny human forms are overwhelmed by the majestic and portentous quality of nature-perhaps the true subject of this painting.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 312-315.
- p. 118.
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- Japanese Art
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