Landscape After "Solitary Fishing in a Ravine of Flowers" by Wang Meng, 1749

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2016 Accession Highlight

Mia’s collection of the literati painting movement in Japan, known as “Nanga,” or “Southern School Painting," has grown dramatically in the last five years; few if any other museums rival the size and quality of Mia’s holdings of late Nanga. The collection, however, includes very few works by the earliest artists to whom successive generations of painters looked for inspiration.

Gion Nankai was among the earliest Nanga proponents in Edo-period Japan. This landscape is undoubtedly the finest work by Nankai in a Western museum. Its size—at more than 11 feet high—and its inscription—in which Nankai links himself to a millennium-old Sino-Japanese artistic lineage—only adds to its significance.