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Yamaoaka Geppō, who was born in Kyoto, studied painting with Ikeno Taiga, one the great painters of Chinese-style landscapes and figures. When he became a Buddhist monk, he changed his name to Shinryō, which is the name he used in the seal on this painting. Yamaoaka uses layers of softly tinted ink washes to give his paintings an elegant and subtle surface.

Yamaoka Geppō (also known as Shinryō)
Japanese, 1760–1839
Ink and color on paper
52 ¼ x 22 in. (132.7 x 55.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler, 2014.71