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Gallery Text

Shunkin was the son of Uragami Gyokudō (1745–1820), whose miniaturized landscapes are displayed nearby. Unlike his father, Shunkin was immersed in the practice of ink painting from a young age, and during his lifetime was the better-known painter. These extraordinary, almost extraterrestrial scenes of piled rocks and flowing water may have been inspired by the cult of strange rocks among Chinese scholars. Shunkin’s dry brushwork is orthodox compared to his father’s, incorporating texture strokes reminiscent of the famous Chinese ink painter Ni Zan (1301–1374).

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2018.352
People
Uragami Shunkin, Japanese (Bizen 1779 - 1846)
Title
Precipitous Rocks and Rushing Water
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting, screen
Date
1843
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/340564
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink on paper
Dimensions
painting proper: H. 153.4 × W. 358.4 cm (60 3/8 × 141 1/8 in.)
overall, flexed open at 160-degree angle: H. 170.5 × W. 355.6 cm (67 1/8 × 140 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: each screen: Shunkin
  • seal: each screen: Senki
  • seal: each screen: Suian
Provenance
Nishimura Kichiemon, Kyoto. [James Freeman, Kyoto (2001), sold; to Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, Bethesda, MD (2001-2018), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
2018.352
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Commentary
Right screen: Precipitous Rocks (2018.352.1)
Left screen: Rushing Water (2018.352.2)
Publication History

Kyoto National Museum, ed., Nihon kinsei meiga taikan, exh. cat. (Kyoto, Japan, 1941), pl. 150

Rachel Saunders and Yukio Lippit, Painting Edo: Selections from the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, 2020), pp. 84-86, fig. 73

Exhibition History

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/2016 - 06/09/2017

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 05/05/2020

Subjects and Contexts

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