Subject:Re: Asian Figure Painting
Posted By: peter Fri, Jul 31, 2020
As for the painting of Guan Yu, the signature looks like a later addition. More is hard to say, the photo isnt very good.
Regarding the Mongolian rider:
Tani Bunchou is one of the best Japanese painters. whatever he produces would be top notch. Composition would be fully understood and interesting, the depicted live forms, plants, animals and humans would appear to be alive. Even in a very formal composition, he could do that.
This is not the case. Especially critical is the quality of single brushstrokes forming for instance the pine needles. If they have no strength and are arranged with a repetition disregarding natures little changes you would get the broken umbrellas in this pine tree. As the painting is done by one hand the same problems you can see in the horse and rider. No horse could jump like this, a boar could maybe. And there is much more I dont like here.
No, this painting is simply not good.
I think the rider could be older than Bunchou himself.
To see how Bunchou creates the imagination of life in a formal composition you may go here:
To see how Bunchou creates a figure painting I added the painting the signature reference was taken from.
Nice regards, Peter