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Gallery Text

Ōkyo fully exploits the potential of his modest materials in this ink landscape. He leaves areas of the paper blank in order to suggest the mist and fast-moving current generated by the cascade that begins at upper right, tumbles over several ledges, and then bursts into a powerful wall of water. The textured rocks and paired pines are native to the Chinese ink landscape tradition but are expanded here. The plunging water culminates in a spray that seems almost to spill out of the frame. Ōkyo returned numerous times to the subject of waterfalls, even producing a large-scale painting of a cascade as a substitute for a patron whose garden lacked an actual waterfall.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Maruyama Ōkyo, Japanese (Anafuto, Tamba province 1733 - 1795)
Waterfall and Pines
Work Type
screen, painting
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Level 3, Room 3600, University Research Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Two-panel folding screen; ink and gold on paper
painting proper: H. 148.1 × W. 130.8 cm (58 5/16 × 51 1/2 in.)
with mount: H. 167.2 × W. 149.8 cm (65 13/16 × 59 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • seal: top, square, intaglio: Ōkyo no in
  • seal: bottom, square, intaglio: Chū-sen
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Sasaki Jōhei, Maruyama Okyo kenkyu, Chuo Koronsha (Tokyo, Japan, 1996), plate 569, p. 345

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, exh. cat., Yomiuri Shinbunsha (Tokyo, 2013), pp. 106-107, cat. 46

Exhibition History

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 05/21/2013 - 07/15/2013; Miho Museum, 07/20/2013 - 08/18/2013; Tottori Prefectural Museum, 10/05/2013 - 11/10/2013

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/09/2017 - 12/07/2017

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/14/2020 - 07/26/2020

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