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Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Among the earliest extant landscapes to appear in Japanese prints are illustrated series of Eight Views of Omi (Omi hakkei), which pair famous scenic views around Lake Biwa in Omi Province with Japanese poems. These were adapted from Chinese poems and paintings of Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers (Xiao-Xiang bajing). This hand-colored urushi-e comes from one of several early series of Eight Views of Omi. The poem reads:
that shines on the Bay of Niho
is none other than that
at both Suma and Akashi!
The beauty of Suma on Osaka Bay and Akashi on the Inland Sea was celebrated in Japanese poetry. Shigenaga's print adopts the viewpoint of the poem, looking out toward the lake from the Buddhist temple Ishiyamadera, which even today presents splendid views.
Translation of poem by Joshua S. Mostow
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 116, p. 286.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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