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Creator Name: Hochu, Nakamura
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1906 - 1996

active late 1700s--early 1800s

Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Nakamura Hochu
Title: Waves
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1615
Creation End Date: 1868
Creation Date: 1615-1868
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: fan painting mounted as hanging scroll; ink and color with gold on paper
Dimensions: Image: 39.8cm x 53cm, Overall: 126.4cm x 61.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.90
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund

Nakamura Hochu represents a late, spirited expression of the Rimpa school of "decorative" painting in Japan. Established at the beginning of the 17th century, the Rimpa school appropriated traditional Heian era (794-1185) motifs and imagery, transforming them into startling designs in architecture, painting, ceramics, and lacquerware. This composition of limpid blue waves appeared as a decorative detail in religious paintings of the 12th century, but later became the central element of large screen paintings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here Hochu employed it on a utilitarian object--a hand-held fan--that was remounted in modern times as a hanging scroll.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.90
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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