Misty Dawn at the Seashore, Okada Hankō (Japanese, 1782–1846), Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, Japan

Misty Dawn at the Seashore

Okada Hankō (Japanese, 1782–1846)
Edo period (1615–1868)
19th century
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 68 1/2 x 18 7/8 in. (174 x 47.9 cm)
Overall: 92 1/4 x 28 3/8in. (234.3 x 72.1cm)
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:
Not on view
This gentle, unassuming picture depicts a seaside village at dawn as the mist gradually clears from the mountains and treetops. The lone scholar at the bottom of the composition seems to walk toward, not away from, the viewer, an anomaly in an otherwise tradition-bound painting that depicts a narrow gorge and a small port in a steeply rising vertical composition.

Hankō, son and pupil of Okada Beisanjin, grew up within the literati circle gathered around his father. Earning their living as rice merchants, Hankō and his father could devote themselves to Confucian studies and, later in life, to the study of painting in the style of Chinese Ming and Qing masters.
[ Harry G. C. Packard , Tokyo, until 1975; donated and sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art: Treasures from the Packard Collection," December 17, 2009–June 10, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.