Literati in the hermitage. Painted with ink and pigments on paper. The old paulownia box has an inscription reads Hogan Motonobu hitsu, meaning it is depicted by Motonobu with Hogan title. It is attributed to Kano Motonobu.
Kanō Motonobu (1476-1559) was a Japanese painter active during Sengoku period, the Age of Civil Wars(1467 – c. 1603). He was a member of the Kanō school of painting. Through his political connections, patronage, organization, and influence he was able to make the Kano school into what it is today. Motonobu had a style of brushwork that he is very famous for. His paintings have minimal color in them. The forms are organic, natural, and full of drama. These paintings are also known as suiboku-ga (sumi-e) monochromatic water-ink paintings. Motonobu was good at producing landscapes. He introduced heavily stressed outlines and bold decorative patterns. (Ref Wikipedeia)
The painting is in reasonable condition due to its great age, with some marks, crease and loss of pigments are present. There are some marks and crease are present on the mounting due to its great age. Some damage is also present on the scroll end.It is accompanied by a double paulownia wood storage box, which indicates the piece has been well respected.
Painting: W18 1/8” x L35 1/4” (W46cm x L89.5cm)
Scroll: W23” x L67 3/8” (W58.5cm x L171cm)