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In Waterfall and Monkeys, Zeshin creates a lively scene of a troop of young monkeys with their beleaguered mother, crawling about the craggy rocks at the base of a fast-flowing waterfall.
Waterfall and Monkeys
Waterfall and Monkeys
In Waterfall and Monkeys, Zeshin creates a lively scene of a troop of young monkeys with their beleaguered mother, crawling about the craggy rocks at the base of a fast-flowing waterfall.

Waterfall and Monkeys

Shibata Zeshin
Japanese (1807–1891)
Meiji period (1868–1911)
1872
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
73 7/8 x 44 3/4 in. (187.7 x 113.7 cm)
AP 1984.12
Shibata Zeshin was the outstanding Japanese lacquer artist and painter of the nineteenth century. An energetic and prolific artist, he earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity. Zeshin painted several works in which animals mimic human behavior.

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