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.
Place where the work was made
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
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995
Referenced in 2 publications
Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 23.
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Edo Painting Schools', Sydney, 2003, 238 (colour illus.).