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Suzuki Nanrei (1775-1844) & Ôkubo Shibutsu (1767-1837)
Reflection of the moon
Signed: Nanrei and Shibutsu rôjin
Seals: Kijun, Sekikoku sanjin (upside down)
Technique: sumi on paper 82.7 x 28.6
Mounting: blue decorated silk and beige silk
165 x 40.5
Condition: faint water stainsat the bottom and the mounting worn along the edges, otherwise good

素練斜拖三百里 / 夕陽没處點煙無 / 半輪秋月波間影 / 便是青蓮出現圖
Soren naname ni hiku sanbyaku ri
yûyô bossuru tokoro, ten’en nashi.
hanrin no shûgetsu, namima no kage.
sunawachi kore seiren shutsugen no zu.

A white [silk] sheet extends obliquely over three hundred miles,
where the evening sun sinks [in the lake] no visible strings of haze.
The autumn moon in the first quarter appears between the waves:
Exactly the image of the appearance of a blue lotus. (HK)

Nanrei was a native of Edo. When Watanabe Nangaku (1755-1839) came to Edo in the early years of the19th century, Nanrei was one of the first to study under Nangaku. Nangaku stayed in Edo for 3 years to teach and preach the Maruyama style. It is unclear whether he had other teachers. He might have been a pupil of Azuma Tôyô (1755-1839) and of Toyohiko (1773-1845). On a book on the lives of artists (1831) by Shiraku Kayô he was associated with Okamoto Toyohiko and other sources also mention Tôyô as his teacher. Much later he served to the Daimyô in Tamba province as official painter.
He produced relatively few paintings.If someone wishes to study a Shijô artists par excellence, (....) it is Nanrei one turns to: not Goshun, nor Bumpô, nor Suiseki, greater geniuses though they undoubtedly were." (Hillier)

Roberts p. 119
Araki p.1351
Hillier '74 pp. 306-315
Mitchell p.123

Shibutsu (Rôjin) was born in Hitachi province. At the age of fifteen he moved with his father, a famous physician to Edo Nihonbashi. 24 years old his father died and Shibutsu decided to become a poet and not the profession of his fathers as a doctor. He was a famous poet and calligrapher; as a painter his favorite subject was bamboo. He was an important member of the Rensenginsha group around Tani Bunchô (1763-1840).

Roberts p. 145
Beerens p. 125
Araki pp. 2293-2295
Mitchell p. 155