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Insects and Grasses

Yamamoto Baiitsu (Japanese, 1783–1856)

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
dated 1847
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 8 1/4 x 95 in. (21 x 241.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.247
  • Description

    This consummate summer subject, painted by Nagoya literatus Yamamoto Baiitsu in his mature period, shows his mastery of the "boneless" brushwork technique and his deft powers of observation. Each of the more than fifty insects on this scroll, many lifted lightheartedly from the pages of the Chinese Mustard Seed Garden Manual, are given life and movement through the most economical of painted means. The composition, too, is particularly effective, launching the flying and crawling insects across the horizontal space in an extended arabesque.

    At the end of the scroll, on the left, the artist's signature and date are given.

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