This landscape with palatial architecture belongs to the "blue-green" style of landscape painting that developed in Tang-dynasty (618-907) China, where the style persisted as a conservative academic mode, and was revived in monumental form during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Works by Qiu Ying, a professional painter active in Suzhou in the first half of the sixteenth century, were treasured in Japan and are likely to have been the inspiration for this painting. Tani Bunchō was a prolific artist and art historian who worked in many Chinese and Japanese styles. The painting is signed Bunchō and bears a large and seldom-found seal.
Signature: [signed] Buncho; large seal
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.