Visiting a Friend on a Wooded Cliff

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1750-55
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink and light color on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 197.8 x 45.8 cm (77 7/8 x 18 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Ike Taiga 池大雅 (1723-1776)
  • Inscription

    Box inscribed by Tomioka Tessai 富岡鉄斎 (1836-1924)
  • Description

    In this narrow hanging scroll, a scholar and his young attendant make their way up a steep pathway toward a retreat, where another scholar gazes into the distance. The painting is executed spontaneously, in quick, repeated brush strokes. Ike Taiga, who became a leading artist of the Nanga school, learned his distinctive style from woodblock-printed manuals on the techniques of Chinese painting. For the themes of his work, he also drew his inspiration from Chinese sources. Here, the inscription on the painting quotes a single line from a Chinese poem: "Mountain ranges of great age, trees one thousand meters high."
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Iida Yoshine (1898-1960)
    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. and Sanae Reeves
  • Provenance

    By 1960 to 1962
    Yoshine Iida, acquired in Japan by 1960 [1]
    From 1962 to 1992
    Sanae Iida Reeves, Arligton, VA, by descent, in 1962 [2]
    From 1992
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. and Sanae Reeves, in 1992 [3]
    [1] Ownership of the object by the donor's father, Yoshine Iida, is recorded in the 1960 publication Ike Taiga sakuhin shu (see Curatorial Note 4, Ann Yonemura, June 30, 1992, in the object record).
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] Transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Freer Permanent Collection on December 23, 1994 (see Curatorial Note 4, Elizabeth F. Duley, December 30, 1994, in the object record).
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Sanae Iida Reeves in memory of her father, Iida Yoshine
  • Type

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