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Cockscomb in the style of Qian Yutan


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Title

Cockscomb in the style of Qian Yutan

Artist

Tsubaki Chinzan (Japanese, 1801-1854)

Date

1851

Medium

ink and light color on silk

Dimensions (H x W x D)

painting: 35 in x 12 3/16 in; mounting: 69 3/16 in x 19 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: Chinzan, after the style of Qian Yutan; late fall, 1851

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

hanging scroll

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Terry Welch

Accession Number

2009.24

Copyright

public domain

Terms

color

hanging scrolls

ink

paintings

silk

Description

Close observations of nature are transformed into memorable images through exquisite brushwork and delicate washes in this delightful painting by Tsubaki Chinzan, an artist of the samurai class.

Chinzan was the last of five children born to Tsubaki Sadashige, a high-ranking direct retainer of the Tokugawa house as head of the Spear Corps. Chinzan prepared for his hereditary career in the corps by training in horseback riding and use of the spear and sword. He took up painting to augment his meager income, and quickly won a reputation as Watanabe Kazan's his most diligent pupil. His success as a painter of portraits, flowering plants, and landscapes allowed him to eventually retire from military service.

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