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Beisen Sansui Gachō (Album of Fourteen Landscapes)

Illustrated Account of the Sino-Japanese War, Volume 9

Japanese Ink Paintings

Beisen Sansui Gachō

by Kubota Beisen, undated

IHL Cat. #825

About This Album

An undated sketch album by Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) using sumi and watercolors and consisting of fourteen drawings.  Twelve of the drawings are landscapes (sansui ga), one is a drawing of a bird on a plum branch (kachō ga) and one a scene from the Japanese folktale Kachi-kachi Yama (Crackling Mountain), in which a hare smashes the boat of his rival, a tanuki (a mythical raccoon dog/badger.)

In describing Beisen's work, Henry P. Bowie, lawyer, artist, author and student of Beisen's states "Kubota was so skillful in sketching that while traveling rapidly through a country he could faithfully reproduce the salient features of an extended landscape, conformable to the general rule in sketching, that what first attracts the eye is to be painted first, all else becoming subordinate to it in the scheme."1

The theme of this sketch book may become clear when the currently unread colophon is deciphered.

1 On the Laws of Japanese Painting, Henry P. Bowie, Paul Elder and Company Publishers, 1911, p. 14. 












Album Details

 IHL Catalog  #825
 Title/Description  Beisen Sansui Gachō 久保田米僊山水画帳 (Beisen, Landscape Picture Album)
 Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) 
 Seal  unsealed
 Publication Date  undated
 Impression  not applicable
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - front cover worn at corners; worm damage on most pages
 Genre  ehon 絵本
 Format  orihon (according fold book)
 H x W Folded Book  7 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (20 x 14.6 cm)
 H x W Drawings 7 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (20 x 28.9 cm)
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