Mountain Landscape with Pagoda at Water's Edge

Accession Number

Mountain Landscape with Pagoda at Water's Edge

Okada Beisanjin

Object Creation Date
late 19th century - early 20th century

Medium & Support
ink on paper, silk and paper backing, ivory scroll ends

79 in x 18 in (200.66 cm x 45.72 cm)

Subject matter
"Nanga (southern painting) or Bunjinga (scholar or literati painting) artists took a form of Chinese painting as their model. The Chinese Ming dynasty artist/theorist Dong Qichang (1555–1636) established two categories of painting: northern painting, which was orthodox and academic (painters were formally trained and sold their work for a living); and southern painting, which was freely executed and expressive (ideally these artists were scholar-amateurs who did not paint for a living). Japanese literati artists, although forbidden to travel to China, studied and emulated the southern style of painting and Chinese art theories through imported books. Nanga painters generally declined to serve the samurai class, and preferred instead to survive by selling works to educated merchants and farmers. They often painted for each other and prided themselves as being intellectuals, poets, tea masters, raconteurs, as well as painters. They are most associated with smaller formats, such as hanging scrolls and fans, but several Nanga artists also produced screen paintings. Nanga artists primarily resided in Kyoto and Osaka."

“Japanese Painting: Nanga and Bunjinga School: Education: Asian Art Museum.” Asian Art Museum,

Physical Description
Mountain landscape with trees and houses. A hermit-like figure is sitting in the pavilion by the water.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Collection Area

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landscapes (environments)
pavilions (garden structures)
rock (inorganic material)
water (inorganic material)

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