Tazaki Soun | Painting
Tazaki Soun spent most of his life in Tokyo (then Edo) and was devoted to painting and politics. At sixty - a auspicious age in Japan - he began thinking about changing his way of life. And in 1878 he left Tokyo and settled in Ahikaga, a more rural area some 50 miles North. He built his "White Stone Mountain Hut" (Hakusekisanbo) where he led a more secluded life than ever before.
The painting is inscribed: "The first offerings from the mountain cottage": China aster (Miyakowasure), pampas grass (Suzuki), arrowhead bulbs (Kuwai), lily root (Yurine), mushroom (Maitake), and finally aubergine (Nasu). - The mounting of the scroll is elaborately decorated with a wonderfully painted pine tree.
Tazaki Soun (1815-1898)
Ink on paper
23 x 32 cm (9 x 12½ in.)
Mounting 108 x 45.5 cm (42½ x 18 in.)