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Collection Online as of June 28, 2017

One of Eight Views of Xiao and Xiang Rivers, 1788

sections of a handscroll mounted as hanging scrolls; ink and color on paper, Image: 29.5 x 49 cm (11 9/16 x 19 1/4 in); Overall: 129 x 67 cm (50 3/4 x 26 3/8 in). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1980.188.1

By the early age of 25, Tani Buncho had already mastered the literati painting style of the Ming
dynasty Wu school. His 1788 paintings of the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers clearly show a style that differs from not only the Southern Song-inspired mode of Muromachi ink painting but also
the Kano school. Inscriptions by the Confucian scholar Ichigawa Kansai (1749-1820) on Returning Sails Off a Distant Coast, and the inscriptions by other elites on the remaining sections, suggest that these Wu school-style paintings were possibly ordered by newly prominent Edo-period Confucian scholars. Buncho’s original set of eight paintings seem to have been initially made as album leaves that were later remounted as hanging scrolls. [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/2/ 2011 - 8/21/2011); "The Lure of Painted Poetry: Cross-cultural Text and Image in Korean and Japanese Art" cat. 17 a

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