Sep 28, 2010

Four Motifs from the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang

Four Motifs from the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang



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Tani Bunchō 谷文晁

(Japanese, 1763–1841)

Four album leaves from a set of eight remounted as hanging scrolls; ink and color on paper

Each painting: 29.5 x 49 cm (11 5/8 x 19 5/16 in.); Each mounted: 129 x 67 cm (50 13/16 x 26 3/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1980.188



These paintings were part of a set of album leaves representing the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang, a theme originating in Chinese poetry and painting that spread to both Korea and Japan. Southern China’s Xiao-Xiang area, where the mist-covered banks of the Xiang River created a complex landscape shifting like the moods and minds of people, captured the imaginations of generations of painters and calligraphers. Inscriptions on these works suggest that they were possibly ordered by newly prominent Japanese Confucian scholars.

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