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Landscape after Lan Ying

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Landscape after Lan Ying

Ôkura Ryûzan

Object Creation Date
1st half of the 19th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk

61 1/8 in x 19 5/16 in (155.3 cm x 49 cm);2 15/16 in x 29 1/8 in x 3 1/4 in (7.4 cm x 74 cm x 8.2 cm)

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

Label copy
Ôkura Ryûzan was eighth-generation head of a wealthy saké brewing family who lived on the outskirts of Nagoya. He studied calligraphy with Rai San’yô (see no. 15), and was both pupil and patron of Nakabayashi Chikutô. While Chikutô became a professional artist who produced paintings in great quantity, Ryûzan had the luxury of painting primarily for self-amusement.
The inscription here tells us that Ryûzan’s landscape draws on a model by the Ming artist Lan Ying, that was inspired in turn by a famous work by the great Yuan literati painter Huang Gongwang. Huang’s paintings are typically built up slowly and methodically with layers of dry, silvery ink; Lan’s innovation was to add color and wetter ink, for a more decorative effect. Ryûzan’s companions enjoyed deciphering the references in this painting, much as modern film critics and audiences revel in recognizing quotations from earlier classics.
Maribeth Graybill, for the exhibition "Japanese Visions of China," 9/21/02 - 1/26/03

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hanging scroll

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hanging scroll

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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