Tawaraya Sotatsu / Nobles Viewing the Nunobiki Waterfall / 1634 - 1643Tawaraya Sotatsu
Nobles Viewing the Nunobiki Waterfall
1634 - 1643

View Larger Image

View Full Catalog Record Below

This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. www.davidrumsey.com/amica offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit www.davidrumsey.com/amica for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at amica@luna-img.com .

Creator Name: Sotatsu, Tawaraya
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1576 - 1643
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Tawaraya Sotatsu
Title: Nobles Viewing the Nunobiki Waterfall
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1634
Creation End Date: 1643
Creation Date: 1634 - 1643
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: color on and gold paper
Dimensions: H.9-7/8 x W.8-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 66.40
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

Sotatsu, one of the founders of the Rimpa school during the early 17th century, was inspired by literary themes and painting styles from Japan's classical past. This album leaf illustrates a scene from the Ise Monogatari (The Tales of Ise), a literary masterpiece written around 950. In it, a group of noblemen enjoys the view of a famous waterfall. One of the gentlemen, lamenting his low position at court, composed the following poem, inscribed on the painting by an unknown calligrapher:

I wonder which is higher

This waterfall, or the fall of my tears

As I wait in vain

Hoping today or tomorrow

To rise in the world.

Sotatsu portrayed the 10th century court nobles in a traditional manner using fine, even lines and stylized faces. He updated his composition, however, by using a technique known as tarashikomi, in which darker pigments are applied over still-wet lighter colors, resulting in softly mottled, abstract landscape forms.

AMICA ID: MIA_.66.40
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at www.davidrumsey.com/amica/institution_subscribe.html c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.