Waves and Moon

Yamamoto Baiitsu, Japanese, 1783 - 1856

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)

Date:
Early 19th century

Medium:
Ink on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll

Dimensions:
Painting: 24 x 45 1/8 inches (61 x 114.6 cm) Mount: 66 x 51 1/4 inches (167.6 x 130.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 241, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:
2002-73-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Hollis Family Foundation Fund, 2002

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Label:
Yamamoto Baiitsu is best known for his paintings of birds and flowers, but his work shows a broad variety of subjects and brush techniques, as seen in this dramatic rendering titled Waves and Moon. The unusually wide horizontal format emphasizes the expanse of water. Baiitsu employed the white color of the unpainted silk as the color for the moon, which is outlined in gray and seemingly supported by the waves; the surrounding light gray wash suggests clouds or mist around it.


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