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萬巌積雪 (Ten Thousand Cliffs and Fallen Snow)
  • Komuro Suiun
    1874–1945
    born: Gunma, Japan
  • 萬巌積雪 (Ten Thousand Cliffs and Fallen Snow), circa 1920, Taisho period (1912–1926)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ink, color on paper
  • Mount Dimensions: 200 x 72.4 cm
    Mount Dimensions: 78 3/4 x 28 1/2 in
  • Gift of Jay Gates, Director, Spencer Museum of Art, 1984–1987
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0609
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The composition of the painting is dominated by two towering cliffs that bookend a small river running between them. Gnarled twigs from a few pine trees project diagonally into the foreground. A bridge connecting the two cliffs seems to be suspended in mid-air; it serves as a path to a temple nestled behind one of the mountain cliffs. In the distance, a mountain outlined in gray ink defines the skyline. The landscape lies beneath a blanket of snow. Broad strokes of gray used for the sky create a bleak winter scene. White dots scattered across the trees and slopes suggest falling snow. Rock surfaces are sprinkled with ink dots suggesting mossy terrain.