The son of a government-employed calligrapher, Beian excelled in the 'scribe's style' and 'square style' of calligraphy. He is said to have possessed over 5000 examples of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Ming and Qing periods. The Chinese poem is by a Song dynasty poet called Zhang Ci. It can be translated as:
'The scent of happiness fills the pavilion;
Spring shows itself in a grove of pine trees and bamboo'
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.238.
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink on paper
131.0 x 46.0 cm image; 215.0 x 62.0 x 69.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed u.r., in Japanese, black ink "[Japanese characters]". Not dated. Signed u.r., in Japanese, red ink "[3 x artist's seals]". Not dated.
Gift of Klaus Naumann 1998
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 238 (colour illus.).
Editor Unknown (Editor), Poems and Calligraphy - Japanese ways of artistic refinement, Tokyo, 1993. cat.no. 232