Oct 22, 2013

Short Nap on a Long Summer Day

Short Nap on a Long Summer Day

late 1700s-early 1800s

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Okada Beisanjin 岡田 米山人

(Japanese, 1744–1820)

Leaf from a pair of folding-albums; ink and light color on paper

Sheet: 25.7 x 16.8 cm (10 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mary B. Lee, C. Bingham Blossom, Dudley S. Blossom III, Laurel B. Kovacik, and Elizabeth B. Blossom, in memory of Elizabeth B. Blossom 1972.117.2.3



The Nanga, or "Southern School" painters of 17th- and 18th-century Japan were greatly influenced by Chinese culture. The subjects and styles of their work reflected the contemporary Japanese taste for imported Chinese objects and learning. A common practice among Nanga painters was the exchange of small paintings and calligraphies. They also celebrated special gatherings of artist-friends by producing individual sheets that were then gathered together in albums. The sheets shown here were part of such a gathering.

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