Obaku Taiho (1691-1774) - Bamboo in snow
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1192612
76-16 Tenno-cho, Okazaki, Sakkyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335
|Bamboo in snow by Obaku Taiho (1691-1774). ''Taiho was especially famous as a painter of bamboo and most renowned for his depictions of bamboo in snow. He developed a technique not new in itself, but to which he gave new life. Of all the Obaku monks, it was Taiho who seems to have been most naturally a painter. His works, whether spontaneous or more planned, show an unerring instinct for free brushwork within strong design. Although he also was a calligrapher and poet to some extent, it was in painting that Taiho achieved his highest expression''. Stephen Addiss, pp.36/37 Obaku: Zen painting and Calligraphy. 1978. Painted on silk with ink the painting is in fair condition. Most problematic is a missing section of silk which has been patched and repainted. It is not actually a big distraction under standard viewing conditions, and is in fact quite well disguised. The mounting is showing its age though is not without its own charm. The image measures 50'' by 11'' (128 by 27 cm). The scroll measures 72'' by 15'' (182 by 37 cm). The Chinese born Taiho became a monk in China at the age of fifteen, and emigrated to Japan in 1722. He was one of the last of the Mampukuji abbots to have come from China. In 1745 he became the 15th abbot of Mampukuji, retiring after three years before later coming out of retirement and taking the mantle of the 18th abbot.|