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Gallery Text

Here Taiga uses his brush to express the emblematic characteristics of the scholar-gentleman, including resiliency and flexibility, symbolized here by the bamboo plant that bends but does not break in adverse conditions. Bamboo, the "ink gentleman," offered endless possibilities for expressive experimentation with ink tonality and brushwork. Taiga intentionally raised his brush to leave kinetic passages of un-inked paper as he formed the arched stalk of the wind-buffeted bamboo stem, set against a pastel blue ground suggestive of the muted hibernal light of a stormy winter day.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ike Taiga (Ikeno Taiga), Japanese (Kyoto 1723 - 1776)
Bamboo on a Stormy Day
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
after 1759
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
painting proper: H. 129.5 × W. 46.7 cm (51 × 18 3/8 in.)
overall mounting, including roller ends and suspension cord: H. 217.2 × W. 68.9 cm (85 1/2 × 27 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Kashō
  • seal: top: Ike Mumei in
  • seal: bottom: Sangaku Dōja
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), p. 63, cat. 19

Musée Cernuschi, Le Japon au fil des saisons: Collection Robert et Betsy Feinberg, exh. cat., Paris-Musées (Paris, 2014), pp. 104-105

Exhibition History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 05/21/2013 - 07/15/2013; Miho Museum, 07/20/2013 - 08/18/2013; Tottori Prefectural Museum, 10/05/2013 - 11/10/2013

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 - 07/18/2021

Subjects and Contexts

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