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Landscape in the style of Shen Zhou

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    third quarter 19th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 47.3 x 76.3 cm (18 5/8 x 30 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Nakanishi Koseki (1807-1884)
    Shen Zhou 沈周 (1427-1509)
  • Description

    A typical literati theme is invoked for the subject of the scroll. Approaching a simple cottage at the foot of a rolling mountain is a scholar in a boat who sits back while the boatman poles the craft across a lake. An empty pavillion high on a mountain ledge brings Ni Tsan to mind and serves also to allude to the beauty of the panorama below. Soft mist blurs the diagonal view into the far distance at each side of the main land mass, and sprinklings of spiky grass and expressive moss-dots impart a rhythmic quality to the scene. The trees are rendered with many kinds of lush foliage patterns, using combinations of dark and light and thick and thin inkstones.
  • Inscriptions

    1. (Julia K. Murray, excerpted from entry 57, A Decade of Discovery, 1979) On the painting, the artist uses the signature Koseki Hisashi, Koseki being his art-name and Hisashi part of his original name, Nakanishi Hasashi. Three of his seals appear on the work. In the lower right-hand corner there is a tall rectangular seal with the intaglio legend Sekizan-danryu. A pale, relief seal reading Sosashi appears before the inscriptions. An intaglio double-seal impressed over his signature at the lower end of the inscription is partially illegible; the lower half consists of the characters Koseki.
  • Provenance

    To 1977
    Dr. Frederick Baekeland, New York City, to 1977 [1]
    Charlottesville/Albemarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts, Charlottesville, VA, purchased from Frederick Baekeland in 1977 [2]
    From 1977
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charlottesville/Albemarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts in 1977 [3]
    [1] Frederick Baekeland sold this object to the Charlottesville/Albemarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts, Virginia for the purpose of donating it to the Freer Gallery of Art in memory of Dr. Harold P. Stern (see Curatorial Note 5 in object record).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Freer Permanent Collection on March 3, 1978.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Japanese Art of the Meiji Era (September 20, 1997 to April 26, 1998)
    Japanese Nanga School Painting (November 7, 1985 to March 9, 1987)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Frederick Baekeland (1928-2017)
    Charlottesville/Albemarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of the Charlottesville/Albermarle Foundation for the Encouragement of the Arts in memory of Harold P. Stern
  • Type

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