Go Sighting #28: Maruyama Okyo’s Two Gentlemen and the Four Scholarly Arts


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Maruyama Okyo 円山応挙 (1733-1795) was a famous artist from the Edo period who mixed Western naturalism with Eastern decorative designs. He founded the Maruyama school of painting and his work has had a profound influence on later Japanese artworks. His most famous work “Pine Trees in the Snow” is owned by the Mitsui Memorial Museum in Tokyo and is listed as a national treasure in Japan.

The work shown here [高士囲碁琴弾図] is of two gentlemen appreciating the four scholarly arts: music, go, literature, and painting. Please enjoy the details of this wonderful painting painted on silk without further ado.

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The scroll is 195cm long x 76.5cm wide. The painting itself is 124cm long x 57cm wide. Another treasure in my collection 🙂

You may note that the goban has more lines than a normal 19×19 go board so it’s probably safe to say that the artist was not a go player and was only using his imagination to create what he believes would be an exquisite goban for a wealthy scholar.

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One Response to Go Sighting #28: Maruyama Okyo’s Two Gentlemen and the Four Scholarly Arts

  1. Logan says:

    Oh, beautiful painting. Thank-you for sharing this wonderful work.

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