Image: 69 1/2 x 34 in. (176.5 x 86.4 cm)
Overall: 92 1/4 x 46 1/4 in. (234.3 x 117.5 cm)
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
Not on view
Nakabayashi Chikutō was one of the leading Nanga painters in Nagoya, Japan's fourth largest city. After a careful study of Chinese old-master paintings from several dynasties, he forged a moderate personal style with a naturalistic flavor. The strength of the work lies in Chikutō's ability to create a sense of drama within a solid, centralized composition. Intricate detail within the grand composition creates lively patterns of brushwork. In the inscription are the title of the painting; his signature, "Chikutō Sanjin"; and a comment that he modeled this painting after the works of the Yuan Chinese master Gao Kegong (1248–1310).