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Catalog number 69.26
Artist Yokoyama Kazan
Title Fish hangong scroll
Object Name Painting
Description This Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837) hanging scroll, which depicts a fish bearing a flowering branch, well illustrates the Shijo style, which is characterized by clarity, fluency, and charm in both brushwork and composition. The style of scroll paintings is pared down to the essentials in an attempt capture the basic form and characteristics of a specific subject. Here the rich, golden brocade borders and scroll material harmonize seamlessly with the subject background. Such simplicity and oneness is characteristic of Zen mysticism and Taoist traditions. The litheness of the fish (with swaying tail) seems to become one with the gentle curve of the flowing branch. The simple colorings of the flowers and fish are the minimum necessary to distinguish and complement each other and maintain the scene's feeling of serenity and contemplation.
Medium/Material Ink on paper, mounted on silk
Dimensions W-21 L-44 inches
Year Range from 1784.0
Year Range to 1837.0
Search Terms Asian
Japan
East Asia
Edo period
18th century AD
19th century AD
Animal
Floral
Aquatic
Fish
Scroll
Exhibition and Publication History * "Director’s Choice: Highlights of the Godwin-Ternbach Collection, Part II: Renaissance to Modern Art. " G-TM, 10/10-12/20/02. A. Winter, Curator.
"The Light of Infinite Wisdom. Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," 10/15 - 12/20/2003, A. Winter and Xiaoping Lin, Curators.
Culture Japanese