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Beisanjin Okada (1744-1820)
Nanga
Landscape
Signed: Nanajûni-ô Beisanjin (Old man Beisanjin, 72)
Seals: Denoku Shigen, Beisanjin
Technique: sumi and some blue and colours on paper 126 x 56
Date: 1815
Mounting: blue orchid decorated damask
193 x 71.4
Box: double box authorized in 8-11-1905 and again in 1908 by Yoshitsugu Haizan (1846-1915)
Condition: very good

林景村多少 / 山光水淺深 / 風細何雲好 / 方亭在柳陰
A forest and scattered villages
Mountains bask in light, the depths of the waters vary.
The wind is calm, a few clouds here and there – it’s beautiful.
A square pavilion in the shadow of the willows.


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.

Reference:
Roberts p. 9
Cahill p. 107-108
Suiboku bijutsu taikei Vol.12
Beerens p. 122

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