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Cucumbers and Eggplant

Cucumbers and Eggplant

1500s

Yamada Doan

(Japanese, 1571)

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Painting only: 28 x 44 cm (11 x 17 5/16 in.); Including mounting: 114.9 x 63.5 cm (45 1/4 x 25 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1982.11

Description

Still lifes appear frequently in Western painting. This is not the case in East Asian painting traditions. Nevertheless, Zen monastic communities in medieval Japan did like the subject because its outward, "simple" appearance camouflaged the skills required to portray the subject convincingly.

See also
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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