horizontal landscape painting with thick, gnarled trees and sinuous rock formations in foreground; small structure at R on cliff; grove of trees at L, with figure walking across bridge nearby, small buildings in background; rows of sparse pine trees in middle ground; mountaintops along background; inscription top edge R; mounted and framed

Monochrome Landscape, October, 1925

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Fukuda Kodōjin and a handful of other scholar-artists carried Japan’s literati paintingtradition into the 20th century. Kodōjin’spainting style is informed not only by famous painters from Chinese antiquity but also by earlier Japanese Nanga painters. Like other literati painters in East Asia, Kodōjin was not only a painter but also an accomplished scholar, poet, and calligrapher. To-date this is the widest landscape by Kodōjin to have surfaced. This unusual format suggests that it was a commissioned work.

Details
Title
Monochrome Landscape
Artist Life
1865 - 1944
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.144.3
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horizontal landscape painting with thick, gnarled trees and sinuous rock formations in foreground; small structure at R on cliff; grove of trees at L, with figure walking across bridge nearby, small buildings in background; rows of sparse pine trees in middle ground; mountaintops along background; inscription top edge R; mounted and framed