The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 22, 2018

Watching a Waterfall, 1790

hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, Image: 112.5 x 51.1 cm (44 1/4 x 20 1/16 in.); Overall: 214 x 54.5 cm (84 1/4 x 21 7/16 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1972.16

During the Edo period, Japanese literati artists such as Tani Buncho loved depicting the theme of Gazing at the Waterfall by painting a blue and green landscape in the format of a hanging scroll. Watching a Waterfall is one of his masterpieces, evoking poetic sensations through his use of color
and dramatic composition. Tani inscribed the painting with two lines of a seven-word poem: "The stone cliff layered with rocks is extremely high. Falling waterfalls in the sky reverberate the cloud." [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 20

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