Cucumber and Eggplants

Cucumber and Eggplants


Yamada Dōan 山田道安(順清)

(Japanese, d. 1571)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Painting: 28 x 44 cm (11 x 17 5/16 in.); Mounted: 114.9 x 63.5 cm (45 1/4 x 25 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1982.11



Still lifes appear frequently in Western painting. This is not the case in East Asian painting traditions. Nevertheless, Zen monastic communities in medieval Japan did like the subject because its outward, "simple" appearance camouflaged the skills required to portray the subject convincingly.

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Japanese Art
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