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Shower at Dorokyo Valley

YAMAMOTO Shunkyo (1872-1933)


Steep crags loom above clear blue water. Rain shrouds the scenery in the background, and the trees in the distance are shadowy and vague. A small bird with a yellow underside, thought to be a grey wagtail, perches on a rock in the foreground. The artist, Yamamoto Shunkyo, was fond of placing minuscule birds, animals, or human figures as accents within large landscapes. The Dorokyo of the title is a deep gorge near the borders of Mie, Nara, and Wakayama prefectures, to which Shunkyo traveled on a sketching trip in May 1927. This is among the most significant works by this prominent Kyoto artist active in the early decades of the 20th century.


Color on silk
185.0×100.0 cm