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Fishing Alone on a Cold River
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Fishing Alone on a Cold River

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Description This winter scene shows Chikuto at his most restrained, foregoing the rhythmic and compositional complexities of his most ambitious paintings. It is a distillation, a work in which the minimal means are essential to the mood. Chikuto took classical painting as his model. The composition--nearby trees, water, distant mountain--and the spare brushwork deliberately evoke paintings by the 14th-century Chinese master Ni Tsan. They are also intended to convey the feeling of winter.
Date Description Narrative
9/20/1995Examinationexamined for exhibition
1/08/2002Examinationexamined for exhibition
Provenance Ishinosuke Mizutani, Oriental Art Sekisen, Kyoto [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1986, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ambassador and Mrs. William J. Sebald Fund, 1986

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1846 (late Edo)
ink and color on paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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Image H: 51 7/8 x W: 18 1/4 in. (131.8 x 46.3 cm); Overall H: 30 1/2 x W: 25 1/2 in. (77.47 x 64.77 cm); W of scroll only: 23 1/4 in. (59 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
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