Collection

Profound Grief from The Poem by Qu Yuan

KIKKAWA, Reika

1926

Information

Title
Profound Grief from The Poem by Qu Yuan
Artist
KIKKAWA, Reika View artist Information
Year
1926
Collection
Purchased
Medium
sumi and color on paper, a pair of hanging scrolls
Size
each 93.6×136.4

Commentary

“On Encountering Sorrow” is the title of a poem by Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet from the Chu region. It also refers to a group of 25 cantos that he wrote. Dealing with the subject of Xiang Jun and Xiang Fu Ren, who appear in two of the “Nine Songs” in the collection, this work, executed with Reika’s fast and inimitably beautiful lines, shows a goddess descending to the shores of Dongting Lake as Qu Yuan eagerly awaits her arrival. A close look at the dragons in the two pictures reveals that they have exactly the same form. Perhaps the work is an attempt to counter the iji dozu method of showing a series of events in a single screen by suggesting that the goddess should be next to the dragon but that Qu Yuan cannot see her.

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