Mountain Stream on a Summer Day

Nakabayashi Chikutō Japanese

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Born in Nagoya, the son of a doctor, Nakabayashi Chikutō moved to Kyoto in 1803 with fellow artist and friend Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783–1856) to join the circle of the philosopher-artist-poet Rai San’yō (1780–1832). After studying Chinese literati theory and technique, he developed a personal style that incorporated elements derived from the work of Chinese scholar-artists. In his inscription following the title of this painting, he notes that he modeled the work after the paintings of the Yuan-dynasty Chinese master Gao Kegong (1248–1310). Here, within a solid, centralized composition Chikutō created a sense of drama using intricate details that form lively patterns of dashlike brushwork. During the final years of his career, Chikutō withdrew to a studio on the outskirts of Kyoto, where he led a reclusive existence.

Mountain Stream on a Summer Day, Nakabayashi Chikutō (Japanese, 1776–1853), Hanging scroll; ink on paper, Japan

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