Oct 21, 2013



late 1700s-early 1800s

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Totoki Baigai 十時 梅厓

(Japanese, 1749-1804)

Album leaf; ink and light color on silk

Sheet: 24 x 18 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mary B. Lee, C. Bingham Blossom, Dudley S. Blossom III, Laurel B. Kovacik, and Elizabeth B. Blossom, in memory of Elizabeth B. Blossom 1972.117.1.4


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In 1790 Totoki Baigai received permission to visit the closed port city of Nagasaki, where one could meet actual Chinese painters, but, after overstaying his permit, Baigai lost his job.


The Nanga, or "Southern School" painters of 17th- and 18th-century Japan were greatly influenced by Chinese culture. The subjects and styles of their work reflected the contemporary Japanese taste for imported Chinese objects and learning. A common practice among Nanga painters was the exchange of small paintings and calligraphies. They also celebrated special gatherings of artist-friends by producing individual sheets that were then gathered together in albums. The sheets shown here were part of such a gathering.

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