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Winter landscape

Hanging scroll
Artist: Shiokawa Bunrin 塩川文麟 (1808-1877)
Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, ca. 1865-1870
Ink on silk panel
139.4 x 49.8 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This atmospheric landscape provides a close and dramatic view of the steep slope of Arashiyama, a mountain on the banks of the Oi River that was a favorite site for excursions by the residents of Kyoto. The artist has rendered the snowy scene by leaving the silk unpainted, to represent the whiteness of snow. The effects of age and exposure have darkened the silk to mute the original effect. The striking realism of this painting comes in part from the artist's knowledge of European painting techniques and visual ideas, which he combines here with traditional Japanese materials and brush methods.

To 1896
Yamanaka & Company, to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Kakemono List, L. 69, pg. 15, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Currently not on view
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, landscape, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), mountain, pine tree, river, winter
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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