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Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers

A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold on paper.
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  • A work made of pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold on paper.


Late 17th/early 18th century


Yamaguchi Sekkei
Japanese, 1644-1732

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Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, which first developed as poetic themes in 11th-century China, later became one of the favorite subjects in Japanese ink painting because it allows for so many aspects of a landscape to be treated in one work. This is especially evident in the pair of folding screens seen here. On the far right is “Autumn Moon over Dongting,” exemplified by the small sphere rising just above the mountains in the distance. At the left edge of the same screen, “Night Rain on the Xiao and Xiang” is given expression as streaks of ink wash through which a lone boat makes its way across the river. The artist’s combination of lively ink brushwork with golden clouds fuses both Chinese and Japanese sensibilities.

A native of Kyoto, Yamaguchi Sekkei studied Chinese paintings as an apprentice in a Kano-school studio and continued to do so in earnest after becoming independent. His loyalty to the style of previous ages garnered him great praise from his contemporaries.


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Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers






Pair of six-panel screens; ink and gold on paper


Each: 170.2 × 381 cm

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Gift of Leo S. Guthman

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