The Cleveland Museum of Art

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The Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup, later 1700s

Six-panel folding screen, ink and cut-gold foil on paper, Image: 120 x 352.2 cm (47 3/16 x 138 5/8 in.); Including mounting: 137.2 x 369.6 cm (54 x 145 1/2 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1976.11.1

Responding to the desires of the middle class (chonin), some late-Edo-period Japanese painters moved away from the seriousness associated with the Chinese theme of reclusion, focusing instead on the motif’s humorous aspects. The theme Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup is based on a poem by the renowned 8th-century Chinese poet Du Fu about his eight colleagues. These scholars eagerly sought release from their official governmental duties and then supposedly fled the capital for the countryside.
There, they engaged in wildly eccentric behavior and adventurous creative work, all fueled by copious
amounts of wine. Shohaku’s version of events exaggerates the scholars’ pleasure, as seen through
their comical facial expressions. [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

signature, lower right corner.

Kyoto National Museum, Japan (4/12/2005 - 5/15/2005): "Soga Shohaku (1730-1781)", ex. cat no. 74, p. 248.

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

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