Mountain Valley in AutumnArtist(s)Noro KaisekiObject Creation Date1825Medium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and light color on silkDimensions
69 1/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. ( 175.9 cm x 42.6 cm )Credit LineGift of Dr. Kurt A. GitterSubject matter
"The present painting closely follows the Huang style as seen in I Fu-chiu's colored landscape paintings. A triptych of landscape paintings in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art was done in 1824, the year before this painting. Kaiseki inscribed on one of the set that they were in the style of I-Fu-chiu. They reveal similar brushwork and compositions to the Michigan painting. The blending of the pink and blue colors in the mountains coupled with the horizontal or slanting dots scattered over longer sloping ts'un strokes is characteristic of Kaiseki'swork when he is following I Fu-chiu's colored style."
"This painting exemplifies the height of Kaiseki's powers in calligraphy and brushwork and expresses his understanding of the Chinese literati tradition."
Adams, Celeste, and Paul Berry. Heart, Mountains, and Human Ways: Japanese Landscape and Figure Painting: a Loan Exhibition from the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Museum of Fine Arts, 1983.Physical Description
This is a mountain valley, "with its foreground landspit and trees silhouetted against an expanse of water with tall mountains soaring in the background."
"The poem that Kaiseki inscribed on this landscape effectively captures the mood of the painting.
Whose house in the hillside woods by the full stream?
Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollCollection AreaAsianRights
High trees spreading out among the rocks.
Fallen leaves completely carried away by the river and the rain
Leaving only the color of autumn to fill the sky and hills."
Adams, Celeste, and Paul Berry. Heart, Mountains, and Human Ways: Japanese Landscape and Figure Painting: a Loan Exhibition from the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Museum of Fine Arts, 1983.
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