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Blue and Green Landscape, with inscription by Murase Kôtei

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Blue and Green Landscape, with inscription by Murase Kôtei

Yamaoka Geppō

Object Creation Date
late 18th century - early 19th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

50 1/16 in x 19 7/8 in (127.2 cm x 50.5 cm);3 1/4 in x 29 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in (8.2 cm x 75 cm x 7 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Subject matter
"Literatus specializing in Chinese studies. Trained in medicine and Confucian studies. In 1783 appointed to the Confucian academy in Akita domain, where he became personal tutor to the domainal heir Satake Yoshimasa. Also proved valuable during the economic difficulties and famine that Akita suffered at that time; soon appointed chief magistrate. In 1791 permitted to retire, after which he moved to Kyoto, where he opened an academy, attracted many students, and became a leading figure in cultural and literati circles, excelling in both painting and calligraphy. Close friends with Ueda Akinari, who moved to Kyoto in 1793. Also trained the young Rai Sanyo. Ended his days almost entirely alone. No inscription on his gravestone, or preface to his collection of poems, published posthumously by his grandson."

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Physical Description
There are mountains lined with trees and houses; as you go further, they become smaller. There is a single tree that dominates the left side of the hanging scroll, blocking houses behind it. It stands upon one of the hills that line the coast of a river. There is an inscription in the top left of the hanging scroll as well as a signature and stamp in the top and bottom left of the scroll.

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Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area

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3 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Landscape and Nature, Comparative and Historical
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)

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