`Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)

`Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Osanobu Kano

About the artwork:

On the island, which floats in a large river, a great tree and a multistoried building are visible.
It seems probable that the man fishing in the boat is the owner of the building, and that he is enjoying some rest while gazing at the three mountains on the opposite shore.

 A hakuboku sansui is a sansui-ga [landscape painting] which, while expressing mountains, water, cliffs, and precipices with one ink stick, is painted using only a few brush strokes, in pale and dark ink.

It is said that the artist-monk Sesshu crossed into China, learnt this technique, and brought it back to Japan. The late Kano School masters often painted in this style.


Artist: Kano, Osanobu (1796-1846)

Osanobu was a Kano School painter of the late Edo period. The Kano School was a group of specialized artists who were active in the 400 years between the 15th and 19th centuries and who worked as artists for numerous influential people.

Osanobu was born as the oldest son of Kano Naganobu, who also worked as an artist in Edo (Tokyo). Osanobu was his real name, but he also went by the artist-names Kaishinsai and Gyokusen. His nickname was Shozaburo. He learnt art from his father. In Bunsei 2 [1819] he was conferred to the second highest rank of the Japanese art school, hogen, and succeeded his father as the head of the family. He was later awarded the highest rank, and took the name Seisen-in. He died in Koka 3 [1846] at the age of 51.
It is possible that the mounter aimed to `revive` the white-based work by intentionally using a simple mounting.
It is possible that the mounter aimed to `revive` the white-based work by intentionally using a simple mounting.
The mounting is simply done in un-patterned azure blue around the middle and in ivory-white at the top and bottom.
The mounting is simply done in un-patterned azure blue around the middle and in ivory-white at the top and bottom.
Signiture: Seisen'in Hoin hitsu  Seal : Kaishinsai
Signiture: Seisen'in Hoin hitsu Seal : Kaishinsai
End of scroll made of bone.
End of scroll made of bone.

Staff features

This is an impressionistic painting in which the artist has painted an imagined world rather than `real` scenery.

The artwork seems to make the viewer think, `Wouldn`t it be nice to escape the rat race, live with nature, and fish everyday?`

  • `Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)
  • `Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)
  • `Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)
  • `Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)

`Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique] by Kano Osanobu (狩野養信)

Name of the artist
Kano Osanobu
Title
Haboku Sansui-zu` [Painting of a Landscape in the Haboku Technique]
Size
37.5 × 52.5 cm
Other
Ink painting on paper.

Season in which to be displayed: Summer.

Condition: This artwork is in fine condition.

This artwork comes in a paulownia-wood box.
Price
150,000yen
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