Gazing at a Waterfall

Gazing at a Waterfall

望瀑布図

early 1500s

Sōami 相阿弥

(Japanese, d. 1525)

Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on paper

Image: 29 x 30.1 cm (11 7/16 x 11 7/8 in.); Overall: 113 x 47.6 cm (44 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1977.30

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The setting of this painting is historical China, as evidenced by the clothing and hairstyles of the two men appreciating the waterfall.

Description

The inspiration for this painting came from Chinese prototypes, some based on the famous poem "Gazing at the Waterfall on Mount Lu" by the sixth-century Chinese poet Li Bai. The painter Sōami emulated elements of the styles of works from the Chinese Southern Song dynasty in this album leaf.

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