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Sakai Dōitsu, Mt Fuji and Pines, a hanging scroll painting

  • Detail: signature and seals

    Detail: signature and seals


Height: 345.000 mm
Width: 685.000 mm

Gift of Klaus Naumann

Asia JA JP ADD605 (1979.10-8.035)

    Sakai Dōitsu, Mt Fuji and Pines, a hanging scroll painting

    Late 19th century AD

    Mt Fuji is the most famous and revered mountain in Japan. It is admired for its height, shape, and beauty, and has featured in Japanese poems and paintings since ancient times. It was a favourite theme of the Rimpa artists, who specialized in a stylized and richly decorative art. The father of Dōitsu (1845-1913), Yamamoto Sōdo, was a follower of the important Rimpa artist, Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828).

    The composition places the mountain to the left of a rectangular space, as was traditional. The peak is covered in snow, but the slopes beneath are given a rather colourful treatment using tarashi-komi - a technique unique to the Rimpa school where ink is dripped onto areas of still-wet paint to create a puddled effect. 'Dry brushwork' creates the illusion that the mountain is disappearing into the mists below, and the pines have stylized, mushroom-shaped foliage. These trees represent the pine groves of Miho-no-Matsubara, a celebrated spot from which to view Mt. Fuji.

    The signature reads 'Uka Dōitsu', and the seal reads ‘Dōitsu Uka'.

    Y. Yamane, M. Naito and T. Clark, Rimpa Art from the Idemitsu Co (London, The British Museum Press, 1998)

    I. Hirayama and T. Kobayashi (eds.), Hizō Nihon bijutsu taikan-2, vol. 3 (Tokyo, Kodansha, 1993)

    T. Clark, 100 views of Mount Fuji (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)


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