The Nanga, or "Southern School" painters of 17th- and 18th-century Japan were greatly influenced by Chinese culture. The subjects and styles of their work reflected the contemporary Japanese taste for imported Chinese objects and learning. A common practice among Nanga painters was the exchange of small paintings and calligraphies. They also celebrated special gatherings of artist-friends by producing individual sheets that were then gathered together in albums. The sheets shown here were part of such a gathering.

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  • Title: Landscape
  • Creator: Totoki Baigai (Japanese, 1749-1804)
  • Date Created: late 1700s-early 1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 24 x 18 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1972.117.1.4
  • Medium: album leaf; ink and light color on silk
  • Fun Fact: In 1790 Totoki Baigai received permission to visit the closed port city of Nagasaki, where one could meet actual Chinese painters, but, after overstaying his permit, Baigai lost his job.
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mary B. Lee, C. Bingham Blossom, Dudley S. Blossom III, Laurel B. Kovacik, and Elizabeth B. Blossom, in memory of Elizabeth B. Blossom
  • Collection: ASIAN - Album leaf
  • Accession Number: 1972.117.1.4

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