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Artist: Tsubaki Chinzan, 1801–1854

Deep and Quiet Bamboo Grove by a Ravine

ca. 1848–50

Hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk

with mounting: 54 5/16 × 20 1/4 in. (138 × 51.4 cm)
with rollers: 28 9/16 in. (72.5 cm)
without mounting: 54 5/16 × 20 1/4 in. (138 × 51.4 cm)
Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, B.A. 1966
2011.201.2
The serene landscape on this hanging scroll shows a bamboo grove on either side of a zigzagging stream, an unusual subject for Tsubaki Chinzan; while his other known landscapes often depict actual locations, this image may have been based on a Chinese painting. Chinzan imbued his composition with a softer atmospheric effect than the Chinese model, and he reinforced the tonality of his shading by using sporadic washes of light indigo for the mountains, mist, and water, and sepia (taisha) for the landmass.
Geography: 
Japan
Culture: 
Japanese
Period: 
Edo period (1615–1868)
Classification: 
Paintings
Bibliography: 

Laurance P. Roberts, A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer (New York: Weatherhill, Inc., 1990), 14.

Tawaracho Hakubutsukan, Tsubaki Chinzan ten, exh. cat. (Tawaramachi, Japan: Tawaracho Hakubutsukan, 1994), 117, Signatures of #32, 37, 41.

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