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An image of Bamboo grove by Takahashi SÔHEI

Takahashi SÔHEI

(Japan 1802 – 1833)

Bamboo grove
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
hanging scroll; ink on silk

113.0 x 49.0 cm image; 208.0 x 63.5 x 70.5 cm scroll

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.r., in Japanese [stamped in ink] " [two artist's seals] 1828 ...".
Gift of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1963
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Bamboo was an evocative subject for a 'nanga' artist, as literati tradition had long used it to symbolise strength and nobility of spirit. Here the skilful variation in ink tone suggests a rustling breeze and evokes the intimacy and quiet of a small bamboo grove. According to the inscription, Sohei is emulating the late Ming artist Wang Jianzhang (see 265.1991), many of whose paintings are preserved in Japan.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.238.

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 23.

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 238 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995

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