|11. Okada Beisanjin (1744-1820)|
Harukaze - Spring windSigned: Toki ni toshi nanajûni (72) okina Beisanjin shinga
Technique: sumi and some colours on paper 127 x 29,4
Mounting: light blue damask
dark wooden rollers, 206 x 42,6
Condition: some faint foxing in the mounting and a few patches; in very good
The poem reads: 水自天辺落 / 花浮渓上流 / 一琴征馬客 / 春風任去留
“Water comes down from the sky
Petals floating with it in the brook
The koto of a traveller on horseback
The spring breeze determines whether to go or to stay.”
Beisanjin, an important Nanga artist, made his living as a rice merchant and he served the lord of Tsu as a Confucian scholar. His house was a gathering place for scholars and artists. Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835) and Uragami Gyokudô (1745-1820) were his friends and Okada Hankô (1782-1846) was his son.
Like Gyokudô Beisanjin was an expressionist painter. He was self-taught, mainly by copying from books.
Roberts p. 9
Cahill p. 107-108
Beerens p. 122