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Ducks and Reeds: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
As early as the tenth century in China, artists depicted geese amid dried and broken river reeds to suggest the coming of winter. The theme was emulated by amateur ink painters in Japan in the thirteen century and soon became a stock subject for professional painters. At some point, Japanese artists began to substitute ducks for geese, but the poetic sentiment remained the same as is clear from the inscription of this print:

Ducks cry and the wind

makes ripples on the water.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 11, 2009