Landscape, after 1810
Six-panel folding screen; ink and light color on paper
Alexander H. Bullock Fund
A lover of nature and a follower of the mountain-climbing Shugendo sect, Kinkoku sought to express the vitality and flux inherent in the physical world. His association with haiku poets during his years in Nagoya (1795-1823) inspired an interest in and admiration for the Nanga painter Yosa Buson (q.v.). After studying Buson's mature landscapes, Kinkoku's early painting style- based on the more naturalistic Maruyama-Shijo school- was transformed.
The spontaneity and individualism implicit in Nanga ideals are evident in this "Chinese" landscape of towering mountain peaks and huts around a lake. More dynamic than Buson's work, Kinkoku's painting shows the use of washes to create tone, loose strokes to depict mountain forms, and a variety of freely applied brushwork to suggest foliage. Dots scattered over the picture surface unify the composition visually.