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Finger Painting of a Landscape

Artist:
Ike Taiga (Japanese, 1723–1776)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 37 13/16 x 10 11/16 in. (96 x 27.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 67 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (171.1 x 40 cm) Overall with knobs: 67 3/8 x 17 7/8 in. (171.1 x 45.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.268.93
Not on view
Taiga was one of the most prolific artists of the Nanga school, which was inspired by Chinese literati painting. This intimate landscape was painted with the artist's fingers rather than with a brush. Manipulating the effects of ink to create an almost abstract presentation, Taiga employed a technique known as tarashikomi, in which ink is applied over a still-wet surface.
Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum. "Discarding the Brush: Gao Qipei and the Chinese Art of Finger Painting," December 12, 1992–March 3, 1993.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Masters of the Brush: Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran," April 28, 2007–July 22, 2007.

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