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Gallery Text

Using only ink, Keiho depicts three famous sites—Mount Fuji (center), the temple of Seikenji (left), and the Miho pine forest (right)—according to a compositional template that distorts their true topography and unites them in a single frame. This template was first formalized by celebrated ink painter Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1502) and adopted by the Kano school in the 17th century. Although little is known of Keiho’s life, it seems he studied with both the Kyoto Kano and the monk painter Myōe Kokan (1653–1717) to develop his own distinctive style, which relies on stark contrasts between light and dark skillfully conjured from wet ink.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
TL41799.7
People
Takada Keiho, Japanese (omi province 1674 - 1755)
Title
Mount Fuji, Miho Pine Forest, and Seikenji Temple
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting, hanging scroll
Date
1746
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/20477
Location
Level 3, Room 3600, University Research Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
Dimensions
painting proper: H. 52.4 × W. 82.8 cm (20 5/8 × 32 5/8 in.)
overall mounting, including roller ends and suspension cord: H. 156.5 × W. 92 cm (61 5/8 × 36 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Koto Chikuin ... Miken Gōō Hōgen Keiho nana-jū san sai
  • seal: Take Keiho no in
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
TL41799.7
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Takada Keiho to Koizumi Ayaru : Omi shonin ga bijutsushi ni hatashita aru yakuwari, exh. cat. (Shiga, Japan, 2005), p. 13, #14

Kit Brooks, "'A School unto Himself'? The Formation of Soga Shohaku (1730-81), Orientations (September 2015), vol. 46, no. 6

Yukio Lippit, "An Interview with Japanese Painting Collectors Robert and Betsy Feinberg", Orientations, Orientations Magazine (Hong Kong, January/February 2020), vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 34-43, p. 42, fig. 9

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), p. 62, fig. 50

Exhibition History

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/18/2021

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