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Washi ni Chinzu (Camellia on Eagle Painting)

By Kanshū

Colored silk; one scroll

Second part of the Edo period


 

 The details of the artist are unknown, but from the painting being signed as “Kanshū” (閑舟) and the stylistic characteristics, it is presumed to be the work of an artist related to Okada Kanrin (岡田閑林) who was inspired by the Nanpin school, a Chinese-style sketch painting, and was a student of Tani Bunchō (谷文晁) (1763−1840).

 The eagle standing on a rocky stretchand staring down is painted in minute detail, down to the feathers, and the surrounding camellias are tinged with no outlines, in a mogu (没骨) technique (pronounced mokkotsu in Japanese) (literally meaning “boneless”), characteristic of the bird-and-flower paintings produced by the Nanpin school.


Japanese names follow the Japanese order: surname-name.

Japanese names and words are transcribed using the Hepburn romanization method.

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