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Noro Kaiseki (1747-1828)
Landscape, Visiting friends in the mountains
Signed: Kaiseki sanshô
Seals: Daigo Ryû
Technique: sumi on paper 130 x 44,6
Date: winter of 1817
Mounting: blue grey azure damask
199 x 60,8
Box: Authorized by Hine Taizan (1813-1869)
Condition: some area’s shaved by silverfish

Unlike most of his literati colleagues Kaiseki was well-to-do, so that he could afford the best teachers. At the age of 21 he became close friends with Kuwayama Gyokushû (1746-1799), a pupil of Ike Taiga (1723-76), who helped Kaiseki deepen his commitment to the literati style. In 1767 he moved to Kyoto and studied with Taiga for three years and they became good friends. In 1793 he moved back to Wakayama, to serve the daimyô as the supervisor of sake brewing, later to be extended to the supervision of the production of copper, sugar cane and timber. During his travels he met a lot of famous literati throughout the country. He Kaiseki was a leading Nanga painter and befriended with the highest level of bunjin: Rai Sanyô, Nukina Kaioku, Kimura Kenkadô and Tanomura Chikuden.

Kaiseki, Sô Aiseki (17..-1837?) and Nagamachi Chikuseki (1747-1806) were called the three celebrated "stones", (seki) of Japan, of whom Kaiseki was considered the best.

Roberts p. 64
Araki pp. 378-381
Rosenfield B. 67 (# 167)
Cahill p. 48 (# 19)