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An image of Calligraphy: (Chinese style poem) by Ichikawa BEIAN

Ichikawa BEIAN

(Japan 1779 – 1858)

Calligraphy: (Chinese style poem)
Place of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
19th century
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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. 232

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