Though ripe with interpretative meaning, waterfalls are often associated with the ideas of unharnessed elemental motion and change, purification and cleansing, and journeys into the fantastical or unknown. The title of this work is 水墨水 (suiboku sui) or Water in Indian Ink.
A former councilor of the prestigious Nitten Exhibition and one of the leaders of the Japanese painting movement from the 1980s onward, Genjin Sugihara (1912 - 2009) was best known for powerful landscapes such as the one featured here in high-contrast sumi on Japanese paper (washi).
Sumi on Japnanese paper with silk border, this hanging scroll is 22 inches tall (56 cm) and 77 inches wide (195 cm). The artwork on the scroll is 16 inches tall (41 cm) and 44 inches wide (113 cm). In fine condition with some light foxing only noticeable close-up (see photos), this piece comes with an original box signed by Sugihara and an outside lacquered box nested in a light cardboard outside protective box. ** International shipping and insurance included in the price.