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House by the Bay

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House by the Bay

Soga Shôhaku

Object Creation Date
18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink on paper

48 7/8 in x 20 in (124.1 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Soga Shōhaku was originally trained in the Kanō school, but is mostly known for his revival of Muromachi period (1333-1573) styles of ink painting that drew from Song (960-1279) and Ming dynasty (1368-1644) works that were imported from China at the time. The trope of the scholar in a wilderness retreat was adopted from Chinese painting, and the monochromatic ink used to depict the scene would have been understood as a continental Asian mode (kara-e, or "Chinese pictures". 

Physical Description
This hanging scroll depicts a scholar seated in a pavillion built into a mountainous landscape overlooking a bay. In the foreground, dark rocks rise up from the water to the right, while two large trees extend out over the water. Behind this is a series of five structures with a single figure inside, gazing out over the water. In the background, mist and mountains are suggested through the use of a lighter gray ink wash. 

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Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area

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figures in landscape
hanging scroll

4 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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