Waterfall painting by Sasaki Shobun
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 . 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  at the age of 80.
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）
- Name of the artist
- Sasaki Shobun
- `Bakufu-zu` [Painting of a Waterfall]
- 130.5 × 31.5 cm
- Ink painting on paper.
Season in which to be displayed: Summer.
Condition: There are a few creases to both ends of the artwork.
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