113.0 x 49.0cm image; 208.0 x 63.5 x 70.5cm scroll [height x width x rod]
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.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 23.
'Edo Painting Schools', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 238 (colour illus.).
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995.