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Evening Snow Blending River and Sky, from Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang

Evening Snow Blending River and Sky, from Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang

瀟湘八景の内 江天暮雪図

1788

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Tani Bunchō 谷文晁

(Japanese, 1763–1841)

Album leaf remounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Image: 29.5 x 49 cm (11 5/8 x 19 5/16 in.); Overall: 129 x 67 cm (50 13/16 x 26 3/8 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1980.188.2

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This painting was part of a set of album leaves representing the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang, a theme originating in Chinese poetry and painting that spread to both Korea and Japan. Southern China’s Xiao-Xiang area, where the mist-covered banks of the Xiang River created a complex landscape shifting like the moods and minds of people, captured the imaginations of generations of painters and calligraphers. Inscriptions on these works suggest that they were possibly ordered by newly prominent Japanese Confucian scholars.

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