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Making Pottery by the River

Accession Number
1996/2.30

Title
Making Pottery by the River

Artist(s)
Aoki Mokubei

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 18th century - early 19th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper

Dimensions
53 1/4 in. x 12 13/16 in. ( 135.3 cm x 32.5 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Stuart M. and Paula S. Kent

Subject matter
"Born at Kyoto into the Kiya family of restauranteurs, adopting the Aoki surname only after he became a painter (real name Aoki Sahei). He was late-deafened from the noise of his ceramic workshops, and one of his many artist's names, Robei ("deaf [Moku]bei"), comes from this. His ceramic works were intended mainly for the Japanese tea ceremony, and his paintings were chiefly landscapes."

drupaladmin. “Aoki Mokubei.” Gallaudet University Library Guide to Deaf Biographies and Index to Deaf Periodicals, 22 Mar. 2017, 15:59, liblists.wrlc.org/biographies/53928.

"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, education.asianart.org/resources/japanese-painting-nanga-and-bunjinga-school/.
 

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
landscape

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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3 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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