Mountain Landscape in SummerArtist(s)Nakabayashi ChikutôObject Creation Date1st half of the 19th centuryMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and colors on silkDimensions
45 1/2 in x 16 1/8 in (115.57 cm x 40.96 cm);24 1/16 in x 2 3/16 in (61.2 cm x 5.5 cm)Credit LineMuseum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection FundLabel copy
Like his life-long friend Yamamoto Baiitsu, Chikutô was a native of Nagoya, an important urban center between Kyoto and Edo. The son of a prominent physician, Chikutô began studying painting at age 14, but soon was taken in to the household of the wealthy collector Kamiya Ten’yû, under whose tutelage he was able to view large quantities of first-rate Chinese paintings. It was Ten’yû who gave Chikutô his art name, which means “bamboo cave.” Chikutô and Baiitsu spent several years furthering their studies in Kyoto, where they became good friends with leading scholars in Chinese studies such as Nukina Kaioku and Rai San’yô, both of whom are represented in this exhibition.
Chikutô’s exposure to orthodox Chinese literati painting is very evident in this landscape, where block-like forms are piled up in vertically stacked units. There is a clear self-imposed discipline in the way Chikutô restricts his vocabulary of brushstrokes, confining them to a horizontal-and-vertical grid. The result is a very orderly landscape, revealing more of the artist’s personality than the topography of any site in China or Japan.
Maribeth Graybill, for the exhibition "Japanese Visions of China," 9/21/02 - 1/26/03Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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