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In the lower left corner a Chinese gentleman and his attendant look out upon a vast, watery panorama, with humble huts hugging the shoreline, boats moored among reeds, and large buildings against a backdrop of distant mountains. The use of light ink washes to capture the drifting banks of mist results in a gentle lyricism. In vivid contrast to the soft, atmospheric treatment of the distant objects, dark black ink was used to outline the crystalline top of a rock and the contorted trunk of an imposing pine tree. The strength of form and the sharp, crisp strokes used for the pine needles and branches boldly and energetically anchor the composition.
Tan'yû, often called the "revitalizer of the Kanô school," was official painter to the shÅ�gun and the foremost artist of his day.