Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)

Waterfall painting by Sasaki Shobun

About the artwork:

There are many famous waterfalls (i.e. Yoro no Taki, Amidaga Taki, Shiramizu no Taki) in Gifu Prefecture, where Sasaki Shobun was born. However, from the writing on the box we know that this work was painted in his later life (1857), so the artwork may depict one of the many famous waterfalls in Nagano prefecture, where Shobun was living at the time.
The waterfall, painted in pale ink, does not have a large volume of water, but at the same time does not seem to belong to a `small` river. The water runs finely between the rocks, gradually grouping and finally flowing down in a gentle curve to the ground below. In this way the waterfall has a certain softness about it.

Although Sasaki Shobun was a pupil of Kawai Gyokudo, a master of modern nihonga, this artwork does not seem to conform to his teacher`s style, and instead demonstrates a soft touch reminiscent of yamato-e (traditional Japanese-style illustrations which developed from kokufu bunka [domestic-style culture and art] in the Heian period).


Artist: Sasaki Shobun (1890〜1970)

About the artist:

Shobun was a nihonga [Japanese-style] painter born in Gifu prefecture. His given name was Takeo. He first worked as a porcelain painter at Tajimi, but, after moving to Tokyo, was apprenticed to Kawai Gyokudo.

`Haru-ga` [Painting of Spring] was his first work accepted for display, at the Ninth Bunten Exhibition in Taisho 4 [1915]. From that point on, he won many awards at the Tatsumiga-kai Exhibition, the Bijutsu Kensei-kai Exhibition, and became a member of the Society of Japanese Style Painting.

After the war, he was active as an artist in Nagano prefecture. He was also selected to display works at the Bunten Exhibition. His works were displayed without examination at the Exhibition of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy. He died in Showa 45 [1970] at the age of 80.
Full image
Full image
The mounting, in a neutral hue, includes a strip of mountain-patterned fabric in gold and silver around the artwork, making one imagine that the waterfall is deep in the mountains.
The mounting, in a neutral hue, includes a strip of mountain-patterned fabric in gold and silver around the artwork, making one imagine that the waterfall is deep in the mountains.
signiture: Painted by Shobun
signiture: Painted by Shobun
End of scroll made of lacquerware.
End of scroll made of lacquerware.
Title: `Bakufu-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall]
Title: `Bakufu-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall]
This artwork comes in a cedar-wood box on which is painted the signature of the artist and the year the work was made (`Hinotomi Teishi` (Summer, August of 1857)).
This artwork comes in a cedar-wood box on which is painted the signature of the artist and the year the work was made (`Hinotomi Teishi` (Summer, August of 1857)).

Staff features

It is said that from ancient times Japanese people have seen gods in thundering waterfalls deep in the mountains. The artist-monk Sesson of the Muromachi period once painted an illustration of Kannon [the Buddhist deity of compassion] in a waterfall. Sesson`s painting is a good example of the fact that, after the spread of Buddhism, the Japanese also saw Buddha in waterfalls. This link between waterfalls and religion means that many waterfalls in Japan use the words `fudotaki`, `amida`, and `Kannon` in their names.

Waterfalls were considered to be places where one could participate in ascetic practices, purify one`s body, and become one with nature.

  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)
  • Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)

Scroll for Summer, Waterfall by Sasaki Shobun(佐々木尚文)

Name of the artist
Sasaki Shobun
Title
`Bakufu-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall]
Size
130.5 × 31.5 cm
Other
Ink painting on paper.

Season in which to be displayed: Summer.

Condition: There are a few creases to both ends of the artwork.


Price
80,000yen
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