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Painting, hanging scroll. Rural landscape by lake in spring. In foreground "lion dance" being performed in yard of firm-house; in paddy fields, ground being broken in preparation for rice planting; on hill behind farmhouse, great cherry tree in blossom. In middle-ground, vast lake stretching into distance: on right, beach with boats drawn up; on left, oxen resting in field amid plum blossom and other spring flowers. In background, sailing boats plying to and fro; range of lofty peaks in distance. Ink and colour on silk. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 142 centimetres (mount)
Height: 42.70 centimetres
Width: 98 centimetres (mount)
Width: 76.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
Kano Isen'in Naganobu is known for both his ink paintings and his elaborately executed paintings in color, the present work being a good example of the latter. Water suggesting a vast lake stretches into the distance with, far off, sailing boats plying to and fro and, beyond them again, a range of lofty peaks. In the middle distance on the right of the picture lies a beach with boats drawn up, while on the opposite bank oxen are seen resting in a field amid plum blossom and other spring flowers. In the foreground stands a firm-house in whose yard a "lion dance" is being performed. In the paddy fields, the ground is being broken in preparation for the rice planting. On the hill behind the farmhouse, a great cherry tree hymns the spring with a riot of blossom. This type of peaceful scene recalls the paintings of rural life done by Hanabusa Itcho. The careful application of the color and the gaiety of the colors themselves bear elegant testimony to Isen'in's studies of the 'yamato-e'.
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of over 2,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings assembled by Prof. William Anderson during his residency in Japan, 1873-1880, was acquired by the Museum in 1881. The items were not listed in the register, but rather were published separately as the 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum' (Longmans & Co, 1886).
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Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.930 (Japanese Painting Number)