six panel screen, left group; large, swirling waves crashing against jagged rock formations in foreground; crane at UL swoops away from crest of wave; crane near top center swooping downard towards waves; crane standing at R on rock watching waves, swelling sea in background

Cranes and Waves [left of a pair], second half 18th century

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Gift of Elizabeth and Willard Clarkexpand_more  2013.30.14.1

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Cranes, waves, and pines signify long life and evoke the realm of the immortals, the Daoist paradise Mount Hōrai (Penglai). Cranes also denote happiness and marital fidelity.

Shōhaku was celebrated for the eccentricity of both his lifestyle and painting style. Little is known about his life, but it seems that he was born into a merchant family in Kyoto and received some instruction in Kanō school painting. Taking up the life of an itinerant painter, he created many of his unorthodox works of art for temples, where he lodged while travelling the country.
(2013.30.14.1-.2)

Details
Title
Cranes and Waves [left of a pair]
Artist Life
1730 - 1781
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.30.14.1
Provenance
sold at the Osaka Bijutsu Kurabu Sept. 22, 1917 for 3,000 Yen (水墨浪鶴); James J. Freeman (until 1982); Willard G. and Elizabeth Clark (1982-2013)
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six panel screen, left group; large, swirling waves crashing against jagged rock formations in foreground; crane at UL swoops away from crest of wave; crane near top center swooping downard towards waves; crane standing at R on rock watching waves, swelling sea in background