In the style of Ike Taiga / Bamboo in Mist / probably 19th or 20th centuryIn the style of Ike Taiga
Bamboo in Mist
probably 19th or 20th century

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Creator Name: Ike Taiga
Creator Qualifier: In the style of
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: In the style of Ike Taiga
Title: Bamboo in Mist
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: probably 19th or 20th century
Creation Place: Japan
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Ink and slight color on paper
Parts and Pieces: hanging scroll
Dimensions: 52 1/2 x 22 7/8 in. (133.4 x 58.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: Asia Society
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.215
Credit Line: Asia Society: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection

Several questions exist regarding this Japanese ink painting entitled Bamboo in Mist. The painting is signed Kasho, one of the artist-names used by Ike Taiga (1723-1776). Taiga was one of the most important painters of the literati school (nanga) in Japan. The signature, placed at the upper right of the painting, follows an inscription that reads 'clear mist in the upper garden.' Two of Taiga's seals, one reading ike arima no in and the other sangaku doja, are impressed beneath the signature. A third seal reading zenshin soma hokkyo is impressed toward the bottom of the painting in the center of the bamboo.

The painting shows stalks of bamboo, some light, some dark, growing in front of a clump of rocks. The thin, elegant brushstrokes used to paint the stalks and the long, narrow leaves are comparable to those in many other images of bamboo attributed to Taiga. The interplay between light and dark shades of ink, found primarily in the depictions of the leaves, is also typical of Taiga's oeuvre. But the treatment of the stalks as straight lines that grow upward and the flatness of the leaves distinguish this work from paintings by Taiga, in which bamboo tends to sway and bend, moving up and down and twisting in the pictorial space. Furthermore, the brushwork in this painting lacks the exuberance and sketchiness that are the hallmarks of Taiga's style.

Taiga was an extremely prolific artist and his style was copied by many painters working in the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of whom had information on Taiga's technique owing to the publication of a book explaining his style and methods, the Taigada Gaho, after his death. It is not possible to determine the identity of the painter ofthis scroll. It is not impossible, however, that it was painted by one of Taiga's followers who knew the master's work well.

Related Document Description: Asia Society. Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. New York: Asia Society, [1981], p. 96.
AMICA ID: ASIA.1979.215
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, Asia Society

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