Kan Tenju 韓天寿

(Japanese, 1727-1795)

Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper

Painting only: 133.2 x 45.2 cm (52 7/16 x 17 13/16 in.); Including mounting: 216 x 67.7 cm (85 1/16 x 26 5/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1978.7


Did you know?

This painting combines image and calligraphy, connected by skillful brushwork.


A lone, elderly figure, his retreat from the world tucked into the mountains near a waterfall, looks out his window onto the landscape below. A poem in Chinese at the upper right conveys the atmosphere of the painting—the approach of evening, light coming through clouds, and a cool mountain breeze after a rainfall. The painter, Kan Tenju, was best known as a calligrapher and seal carver with a deep respect for Chinese literature.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email