Kannan (Japanese, active mid-1500s)
hanging scroll, ink on paper, Mounted: 109 x 36.2 cm (42 7/8 x 14 1/4 in.). Gift from the Collection of George Gund III 2015.474
Kannan is a little-known painter of the Kanto region. Close inspection of this quiet scene suggests that it represents the â€śnight rain over Xiao and Xiangâ€ť scene from the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers. The style of the painting is similar to some works from Korea; as Japanese and Korean monk-painters traveled back and forth between one anotherâ€™s monastic communities during the 1400s and 1500s, Kannan surely had the opportunity to consider incorporating Korean stylistic features into his work.
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