landscape with waterfalls at URQ, rounded mountains in ULQ, two figures on a bridge in LLQ and trees in LRQ

Landscape after the Four Wangs, Winter 1840

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Okada Hankō’s monumental work is a tour de force in the spirit of the Four Wangs, a circle of conservative Chinese painters who created stylized interpretations of classic works. This painting follows orthodox principles of composition—the foreground, middle-ground, and background are distinct yet well-integrated—maintaining order in this otherwise fantastical, complex setting. The inscription reads: The water is gone from the stony river that has a disorderly look. The leaves are gone from the mountain that has a wonderful scene. The thoroughly wet old man on the bridge, where will he go' There is a western village where an unsettled game of Go is waiting for him. Tenth month, 1840 (translated by Masato Nishimura)

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Title
Landscape after the Four Wangs
Artist Life
1782 - 1846
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.821
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landscape with waterfalls at URQ, rounded mountains in ULQ, two figures on a bridge in LLQ and trees in LRQ