prominent cluster of trees in foreground surrounding a small hut; tranquil body of water on LR with smaller, wallless hut on R banks; main landscape in background; towering, columnar mountain with trees, a series of waterfalls, and a small collection of buildings on L edge; poem at URC

Landscape with Houses in a Ravine, 1853

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Baiitsu, a scholar-painter from Nagoya, used a wide variety of brushstrokes and ink tones to build up solid, mountainous masses in this monumental landscape. The misty areas between the peaks and the dense foliage create a lush, peaceful atmosphere.

The inscription reads:

At the valley-mouth, my bramble gate is visited by no guest:
after rainfall, fragrant paths have a covering of green.
My mountain lad calls me from sleep,
disturbing my tranquil withdrawal:
the whole courtyard is filled with setting sunlight,
among the bamboo shadows.
(trans. Jonathan Chaves)

Details
Title
Landscape with Houses in a Ravine
Artist Life
1783 - 1856
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.36
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prominent cluster of trees in foreground surrounding a small hut; tranquil body of water on LR with smaller, wallless hut on R banks; main landscape in background; towering, columnar mountain with trees, a series of waterfalls, and a small collection of buildings on L edge; poem at URC