An image of Bamboo grove

Takahashi SÔHEI

(Japan 1802 – 1833)

Bamboo grove

Location
Not on display
Further information

Bamboo was an evocative subject for a 'nanga' artist, as literati tradition had long used it to symbolise strength and nobility of spirit. Here the skilful variation in ink tone suggests a rustling breeze and evokes the intimacy and quiet of a small bamboo grove. According to the inscription, Sohei is emulating the late Ming artist Wang Jianzhang (see Acc.no 265.1991), many of whose paintings are preserved in Japan.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.238.

Place of origin
Japan
Year
1828
Media
Painting
Medium
hanging scroll; ink on silk
Dimensions
113.0 x 49.0 cm image; 208.0 x 63.5 x 70.5 cm scroll
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r., in Japanese [stamped in ink] " [two artist's seals] 1828 ...".

Credit
Gift of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1963
Accession number
EP8.1963