wrapped in tissue inside of a wooden box with inscription both outside and inside of lid; wooden box inside of a paper box with light blue foliage printed on the inside and a ribbed green/grey fabric on the outside; image of three tall skinny trees that are divided by a path; single figure on path under a full moon or sun; inscription in UL corner; support is moss green/tan/cream with gold and roller knobs are ivory

Wanderer Under the Moon, Ca. 1913–1937

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Beneath a full moon, a scholar wanders alone. He follows a path that cuts between a rock face, to his left, which gives way to dark peaks that billow up toward the moon like smoke, and a crashing waterfall, to his right, described with a single stroke of a wide brush, its hairs splayed. To capture the amorphous forms of foreground rocks and moonlit peaks, Kodōjin used a wet brush to apply many short strokes, one on top of the other. This technique can be understood to be a modified form of “Mi dots,” a technique for describing the texture of rocky surfaces derived from paintings by the Chinese painter Mi Fu (1051–1107).

Details
Title
Wanderer Under the Moon
Artist Life
1865 - 1944
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.111.22
Catalogue Raisonne
Marks 2023, no. 68
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wrapped in tissue inside of a wooden box with inscription both outside and inside of lid; wooden box inside of a paper box with light blue foliage printed on the inside and a ribbed green/grey fabric on the outside; image of three tall skinny trees that are divided by a path; single figure on path under a full moon or sun; inscription in UL corner; support is moss green/tan/cream with gold and roller knobs are ivory