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44. Okada Beisanjin (1744-1820)
Having tea with a friend in a shaded valley
Signed: Beisanjin sha
Seals: Denkoku shigen, Issui Jinseki, .. teki (tp)
Technique: sumi and colours on paper, 135 x 31.7
Mounting: light blue-green damask
198 x 58.3
Box: Authorized
Condition: very good

堪羨少人往 / 枕溪續幽居
It would make one jealous... Few people passing,
resting near the brook, a quiet life for ever.

Beisanjin was one of the most radical and energetic bunjin expressionists. He was self-taught, mainly by copying from books. His brushstrokes are reminiscent of woodblock lines.

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. He studied painting independently.

Roberts p. 9
Cahill p. 107-108
Suiboku bijutsu taikei 1978, Vol.12
Beerens p. 122