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Amano Hoko (1824-1894)

“Accumulated Snow over Rivers and Mountains” 1877

Hanging scroll, ink on paper
165.7 x 66 cm. (65 1/4 x 26 in.)

“‘Accumulated Snow over Rivers and Mountains.’ During the ninth lunar month of the year 1877, painted by Hoko.”

Artist’s seals:
Amano Kitsu in; Kokyo-shi

A figure appears at the window of a house situated within a walled garden beneath trees on the bank of a river. Mountains topped by trees and brush rise above, filling most of the available space in the picture. The reserve technique is used to brilliant effect here, with the white of the paper serving to suggest the snow that has accumulated on all of the forms. Ink wash covers the background, making the three-dimensional forms stand out, while interior drawing adds detail and completes this charming scene.

Amano Shun, called Hoko, was born in Iyo province but moved to Kyoto, where he was a pupil of Nakabayashi Chikuto (1776-1853) and became an excellent painter of landscapes and flower-and-bird paintings.

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