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Painting, hanging scroll. Nocturnal landscape with Su Dongpo (Su Shi), scholars and attendant in boat under the Red Cliff. Ink and light colours on silk. Signed, dated and sealed.
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Height: 184.50 centimetres (mount)
Height: 104.50 centimetres
Width: 49.30 centimetres (mount)
Width: 36 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
Watanabe Gentai (1749-1822), son of the painter Watanabe Shinsui (1720-67), studied under his father and Nakayama Koyo, but also took in the flower-and-bird paintings of the Nanpin school.
The present work, a nocturnal landscape with the moon in mid-heaven, would seem to be suggested by Chinese works of the late Ming Zhe School - for example, those of Jiang-chong. The intensity of the black ink and the subtlety of the brushwork, despite a certain roughness, are probably attributable to the original model, but the sense of season and the elegant, typically Japanese lyricism are surely attributable to Gentai's own skill.
- Not on display
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of the Red Cliffs (208)
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Ode on the Red Cliffs
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- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.Add.421 (Japanese Painting Additional Number)