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Waterfall

Accession Number
1968/2.21

Title
Waterfall

Artist(s)
Komai Genki

Object Creation Date
2nd half of 18th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Dimensions
44 15/16 in. x 12 15/16 in. ( 114.1 cm x 32.9 cm )

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

Label copy
Japan, 1747–1797
Waterfall
Edo period (1615–1868)
2 nd half of 18 th century
Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection
Fund, 1968/2.21
Komai Genki was one of the most prominent disciples of the leading Kyoto
painter Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795). At the time, Ōkyo was unusual among
painters for emphasizing the direct observation of nature and drawing from life;
most artists emulated the style of previous masters. Ōkyo’s fresh, naturalistic
approach proved to be extremely popular, and to meet the great demand for his
paintings he ran a large studio with many assistants. Genki often worked with his
teacher on large commissions, such as the interiors of Buddhist temple
compounds.
This painting by Genki is dominated by a waterfall, a subject associated with
Ōkyo’s studio. While the depiction of the falls—an almost blank, white space—is
rather abstract, the dynamic representation of the water current below is more
naturalistic and conveys a sense of immediacy.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
Japan
hanging scroll
rivers
trees
waterfalls
waves

2 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)

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