National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by The Yulgilbar Foundation, 2010
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
In Soga Shōhaku’s majestic mountain landscape we find gatherings of figures enjoying poetry writing games and philosophical discussion. One group of picnicking participants sits upstream composing several lines of verse. Their incomplete poem floats downstream, with a cup of rice wine, to be completed by a second group of participants. Shōhaku’s stylised clouds, rock formations, tiny figures and variety of trees, brushed with gestural precision onto silk, reveal his unique innovations in Japanese painting and design.