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Title

Bamboo grove


Artist

Takahashi SÔHEI

Japan

1802 - 1833


About

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 Acc.no 265.1991), many of whose paintings are preserved in Japan.

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1828


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink on silk


Dimensions

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 ...".


Credit

Gift of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1963


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EP8.1963


Artist information

Takahashi SÔHEI

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.).