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Creator Name: Sotatsu, Tawaraya
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1576 - 1643
Creator Name-CRT: Tawaraya Sotatsu
Title: Nobles Viewing the Nunobiki Waterfall
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
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
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