Hanging scroll: ink and light colors on silk
Dimensions: Image: 43 5/8 x 24 1/4 inches (110.8 x 61.6 cm)
George and Mary Rockwell Collection
Object Number: 88.002.195
The Kano lineage of painters was among Japan¿s most long-lived schools, remaining a conservative force in Japanese painting for some four hundred years. Their monochrome ink landscapes, ultimately modeled on the misty, idealized Chinese Southern Song painting tradition, remained popular among aristocratic and temple patrons for large-scale screens, as well as more intimate works, such as these scrolls, made for private quarters.
Kano Tsunenobu, nephew of the pivotal early Edo-period master Kano Tanyu, followed the traditional formula in his compositional approach by confining the dense landscape elements into one corner of each painting, and counterbalancing these with seemingly unending watery and misty expanses. Admired for his deft brushwork, Tsunenobu employed the wet, ink outlines, axe-cut textural strokes, and delicate color washes that characterize the lyrical Kano style.
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