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Landscape With Hut by a Waterfall

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Yamamoto Baiitsu, Landscape With Hut by a Waterfall, 1839, hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk, Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund, public domain, 80.112

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Title

Landscape With Hut by a Waterfall

Artist

Yamamoto Baiitsu (Japanese, 1783-1856)

Date

1839

Medium

hanging scroll; ink and light color on silk

Dimensions (H x W x D)

26 1/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

seal: 明卿, upper left

inscription: 乙亥冬日写於 玉禅茶寮 梅逸_, upper left

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund

Accession Number

80.112

Copyright

public domain

Terms

hanging scrolls

huts

landscapes

paintings

waterfalls

Description

As a young artist in the city of Nagoya, Yamamoto Baiitsu won the patronage of a wealthy collector of Chinese paintings. At a time when most Japanese artists who were looking to China for inspiration had access only to books, Baiitsu was in an especially privileged situation. His direct knowledge of Ming- and Qing-dynasty painting is evident in this charming landscape, with its relaxed brushwork, the variety of tones of ink, and the use of both wet and dry brushes. The motif of an empty hut by a body of water is an homage to Ni Zan, the great Chinese literati painter of the fourteenth century.

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