Kan Tenju 韓天寿

(Japanese, 1727–1795)
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.)
Location: not on view
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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.



Kan Tenju

(Japanese, 1727–1795)
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868)

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